Southold Town Comprehensive Plan

by Jane Ahrens
Southold Planning Board

The new Southold Town Comprehensive Plan is a community-wide effort to plan for the future of the Town of Southold, New York. Whether you’re a long-time resident, business-owner, or have recently moved here, your opinions and contributions have been invaluable to this planning process.

Access the Southold Town Comprehensive Plan
and the Executive Summary below

Very exciting news!

On behalf of Supervisor Scott Russell, the Southold Town Board, and the Southold Planning Board, we are pleased to present the complete Southold Town Comprehensive Plan – fully edited and with formatting and graphic design to make it easier to read. The plan is now available online! Click on the link below to see the plan. The plan is available for download either in its entirety or chapter by chapter.

Paper copies of the plan will be available beginning late next week at the Town Clerk’s office, Town Planning office, and all five libraries (Mattituck Laurel, Cutchogue New Suffolk, Southold, Floyd Memorial (Greenport), and Fishers Island).

Public Comment:
There will be two opportunities for the public to comment on the plan prior to adoption.

1. Planning Board public hearing:
Monday, July 29. 6:00pm. Southold Town Hall

  • this hearing can be considered the first in a series of informational meetings about the plan.
  • the format will include a presentation about the plan and the process, and a questions & answer period
  • public comment will be recorded, however all public comments submitted at this hearing will be given to the Town Board to consider along with comments from that hearing.

2. Town Board public hearing:
Date and time to be announced – tentatively planned for late summer/early fall 2019

Written comment can be submitted to the Town at any time prior to the Town Board public hearing. All comments will be considered by the Town Board prior to adoption of the plan.

In addition to the public hearings, there will be informational meetings held by the Town Board this August at various locations and times. The purpose of these meetings is to help the public prepare for the public hearings by providing information about the plan and the process and answering questions. Dates to be announced soon.

[The Planning Board will be referring all of the comments received by them to the Town Board to make the process of assessing them more efficient. The Town Board plans to hold a hearing later this year and will compile all comments from now through their hearing date for their consideration.]

Please feel free to write or call with any questions! And please forward this information to anyone who might be interested.  We would be very appreciative if you could share this information with your membership. Thank you.

Best regards,
Heather Lanza, AICP
Town Planning Director

Southold Town Planning
53095 Route 25
P.O. Box 1179
Southold, New York 11971
Phone:    (631)765-1938

Southold Town Comprehensive Plan Executive Summary

The Comprehensive Plan is the official public document to be used to guide the development of our community. This plan provides the basis for the zoning and other land use regulations found in the Town Code and is designed to help shape future Town policy decisions. Town is hoping to adopt the final draft in the fall.

There will be an informational meeting about it when the Town Board is here on Fishers Island on Wednesday, August 7 at 11:45 am at the Community Center. 

Click image to access Executive Summary

Mere Doyen, Fishers Island’s Town Liason, will be gathering questions from people about the Plan and any other Town related issues until Friday, August 2. The questions will be given to the Town so that when the Town representatives are on FI August 7 for Town of Southold Day they will be prepared with answers. Please email questions and comments to Mere at

Note: Pierce Rafferty has been very involved as one of the 5 members of the Planning Board.

Thanks!  Louisa Evans

Click the brackets in the lower left to view the Plan full screen.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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