PRESERVE OUR PAST
PRESERVE OUR PAST
Preserving the past is everybody's responsibility. It begins with a recognition that we live in a village listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an understanding of everything that this entails. There is no doubt that we are victims of our popularity and an ever rising local property market. I believe that there are a few simple steps that we can take to better preserve the past, especially when it involves the permit approval process.
Manage expectations. We should publish a booklet available on and off line, for prospective home buyers and current home owners. This booklet would outline in broad terms, what they may or may not be able do with their property and what they can expect from the approval process. Other historic villages and towns do just this. The publication should also outline the process that must be followed and what an applicant can expect as they present to our various boards. An informed prospective homebuyer or home owner is less likely to have unreasonable expectations and to make unreasonable demands on our volunteer boards.
Whenever possible we should avoid going to court over contested reviews, we must strive to find a middle ground. Aside from the expense, we lose oversight of the process, and important decisions are totally removed from our control.
Our review boards should be firm and fair in their deliberations. They should encourage a more open, holistic review process. Historic renovations and reconstructions are not for the faint of heart. We should welcome and encourage participation in the process. Successful outcomes benefit all of us.
Foster greater dialogue between the HP&ARB and the SHZBA. Our pyramid law is now dictating the basic design for many new village homes. We are in the throes of a Greek Revival, revival! Other historic styles require sky plane penetration variances but would be a welcome addition to our streetscape.
I am Aidan Corish and I am asking you for your Trustee vote on June 18th. Thank you.
SAG HARBOR UNITED!