Six (6) month Extension of a Temporary Moratorium



 A Local Law entitled, A Local Law in relation to the Restoration and six (6) month Extension of a Temporary Moratorium on the issuance of approvals and/or permits for the parcels of property in “The State Route 25 Love Lane Intersection and surrounding area has been ENACTED by the Southold Town Board at the July 14, 2020 regular Town Board meeting.

Section 1. Purpose

Moratorium Extension

The Town Board recognizes that in the area of the intersection of State Route 25 (a/k/a “Main Road”) and Love Lane there is insufficient infrastructure to handle the drastic increase in traffic in recent years and to allow for the safe passage of pedestrians to safely cross Main Road at the Love Lane intersection as well as at other intersections immediately to the East and West of the aforementioned intersection.  This lack of infrastructure puts the health, safety and welfare of the public at risk.  The residents of the hamlet of Mattituck and the surrounding areas have voiced their concerns regarding the risk to the health, safety and welfare of the community and the need for improvements to the infrastructure at the intersection of Main Road and Love Lane.  Similarly, local business owners have identified the traffic issues along Route 25 and Love Lane as having a negative effect on local businesses.  

A six (6) month moratorium was enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Southold as Local Law 1-2019, on August 27, 2019. The current moratorium expired in March 2020. A public hearing on an extension of this moratorium was scheduled in March, 2020, but was not held due to Town closures following Covid-19 pandemic. 

The moratorium as enacted, is intended to provide sufficient time for the Town to consider the recommendations of ongoing traffic studies, a parking study in the Love Lane area and the completion of the Town Comprehensive Plan.

During the course of the moratorium the Town has met with New York State Department of Transportation officials to determine which of the various proposed improvements to the infrastructure the State would deem acceptable and willing to implement or allow the Town to implement.  This analysis remains ongoing.  In addition, the draft Town Comprehensive Plan has been completed and is now open for public comment.  The final adoption of the plan is anticipated to occur by fall 2020. 

The Town Board wishes to be able to consider the proposals and recommendations contained in the various aforementioned plans; consider various alternatives to current zoning along Main Road; as well as implement improvements to the infrastructure and adopt any recommended land use changes, to insure the health, safety and welfare of the community to address the recent drastic increased demands on the infrastructure in the area around the Main Road/Love Lane Intersection and surrounding area.  An extension of the moratorium is necessary to complete this function. 

Given the reasons and facts set forth above and until the planning process is completed, the Town Board finds it necessary to extend the moratorium already in effect, the terms of which remain unchanged and are set forth below.  This action is necessary in order to protect the character, public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the hamlet of Mattituck as well as those visiting the Love Lane area.


Elizabeth A. Neville, 

Southold Town Clerk