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Jun 16, 2017 1:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Village Board Halts Change Of Zone Review For Ron Perelman's 'The Creeks'

The East Hampton Village Board denied a request for a chang of zone for Ronald Perelman's Creeks property at a board meeting on Friday. JON WINKLER
Jun 20, 2017 3:10 PM

The East Hampton Village Board this week put the brakes on efforts to legalize already completed renovations to existing buildings and the construction of new buildings at Ronald Perelman’s 57-acre Georgica Pond estate, “The Creeks.”

At a Village Board meeting on Friday, board members declared a change of zone application submitted by Mr. Perelman’s attorneys in January as “generally inconsistent with the village’s Comprehensive Plan, including the village’s Open Space Plan, and generally inconsistent with established good planning principles,” and decided to halt the board’s review of the plan.

The proposal was to upzone the 57-acre property on Georgica Pond, at the same time legalizing several buildings that were either renovated or added without building permits. The structures, which include two single-family residences and a maintenance headquarters with bedrooms, were only discovered by the village when firefighters responded to an emergency call in 2012. The upzoning would have allowed the property owner, technically referred to as the Pond Acquisition Company, to avoid having to subdivide the property or move the structures.

On Friday, the board declared that it was “under no legal or statutory obligation to continue its review of such a petition.” Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said that Mr. Perelman’s attorneys, Chris Kelley, Edward Burke and Edward Burke Jr., who were not at the meeting, should try to come up with a new plan.

“We toyed with the application on face value and I think, at the end of the day, the resolution we authored today speaks for itself,” Mayor Rickenbach said. “The entire parcel is under examination. We want to work with the applicant, but they have a long road in which to bring it into compliance.”

Josh Vlasto, a spokesperson for Mr. Perelman, said in an email on Tuesday, “We look forward to continuing to work with the village.”

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I know owning a summer house can at times seem consuming and problematic, but this is ridiculous.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Southampton on Jun 16, 17 8:27 PM
Maybe East Hampton Town can make sure it stays as open space.
By rvs (106), sag harbor on Jun 18, 17 12:19 AM
Pereleman's annual income is far larger than East Hampton's annual budget. He'll spend whatever is necessary lining the pockets of our good local attorneys until the village simply gives up and grants him his C of Os. This is nothing but a small annoyance for him. You really think he's worried about building permits???
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Jun 20, 17 11:31 AM