Change of Zone by Walsh Park re: FI School Property

Note to Community about Change of Zoning Approval
January 19, 2021

On December 15th, at the Town Board’s last meeting of 2020, the Walsh Park application for a zoning change on the School property was approved. We are grateful to the Fort Wright Neighborhood Association for facilitating discussion and input.

The next step is the submission of a sub-division application to split the property into 2 parcels. If this is approved, Walsh Park will move forward to purchase the vacant parcel. The purchase requires approval by residents of the island through a referendum.

If Walsh Park is able to acquire the land, it will then work to raise funds and develop plans for the construction of housing on the parcel, following all the steps required by the Town of Southold for any construction. During what will be a lengthy process over the next several years, Walsh Park looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the Fort Wright Neighborhood Association and other community stakeholders.

Walsh Park plans to continue to communicate with the community regularly throughout the various phases of this project.

WPBC appreciates the input that has been given and the constructive suggestions that the community has shared. It also appreciates Jane Ahrens’s tireless efforts to keep everyone informed through the Fishers Island Community website and Fog Horn newsletter.


A Local Law entitled, A local Law to Amend the Zoning Map of the Town of Southold by Changing the Zoning Designation of a portion of property identified on the SCTM #1000-9-10-10 from R-40 to HD (Hamlet Density) has been ENACTED by the Southold Town Board at the December 15, 2020 regular Town Board meeting.

Section 1.  Purpose.

A local Law to Amend the Zoning Map of the Town of Southold by Changing the Zoning Designation of a portion of property identified on the SCTM #1000-9-10-10 from R-40 to HD (Hamlet Density 

Section 2.  Code Amendment.

Based on the goals of the Town, and upon our consideration of the recommendations of the Town Planning Board, the Suffolk County Planning Commission, and the public comments taken at the public hearing, the applicant’s filing required covenants and restrictions on the subject parcel and otherwise, we hereby amend the official Zoning Map of the Town of Southold as adopted by Section 100-21 of the Town Code to change parcel SCTM # 1000-9-10-10 from R-40 to HD (Hamlet Density). The property is located at Winthrop Drive, Fishers Island, New York.

Section 3.  Severability.

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part of this Local Law shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the judgment shall not affect the validity of this law as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so decided to be unconstitutional or invalid.

Section 4.  Effective Date

This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State as provided by law.

Dated: December 15, 2020
Elizabeth A. Neville, Southold Town Clerk

Find the complete Resolution HERE

December 5, 2019: Please be advised that a Change of Zone Application has been submitted by Martin D. Finnegan, Esq. on behalf of  Walsh Park Benevolent Corporation on December 5, 2019.  The Application in its’ entirety may be viewed in Laserfiche: Town Clerk; Change of Zone; Pending; Walsh Park Benevolent Corporation.

Elizabeth A. Neville, MMC
Southold Town Clerk, Registrar of Vital Statistics
Records Management Officer; FOIL Officer, Marriage Officer
PO Box 1179, Southold, NY 11971
Tel. 631 765-1800, Ext. 228
Fax 631 765-6145
Cell 631 466-6064

Note: The Walsh Park change of zone application was on the Southold Town Board Work Session Agenda on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 for a decision on whether to go to public hearing on the zone change due to the Planning Board Memorandum to TB August 10, 2020.

Southold Town Board held a Public Hearing Tuesday, October 6, 2020: 
Legal Notice: Town of Southold Public Hearing 6OCT20 on WP Application for Rezoning FIS Property

TB Meeting & Hearing 4:30 6OCT20 AGENDA FINAL 4:15pm

The public can address agenda items at the start of the public meeting, right after the Pledge of Allegiance.

Zoom links to meetings will be made available here as they come up.

NOVEMBER 5, 2020: Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Coastal Consistency Review for COZ Application of Walsh Park SCTM# 1000-9-10-10

Link to Application and ALL Letters filed on Southold’s website Planning Board Memorandum to Town Board 10AUG20 Walsh Park Letters re: Rezoning Application & School Land Purchase Ft. Wright Neighbors* Letters re: Walsh Park/FI School Project

Letters submitted to date that has access to are included in the links above and below. Others will be added as they are received by the Editor. *Ft. Wright Neighbors letter signers include Ann and Robert Anthony, Linda and Mark Borden, MaryJo and Don Chapoton, Anne and Stewart Cutler, Jane and Andrew Ahrens, Gordon S. Murphy, Robert Evans, Lolly and Jamie Dwinell, Renee and Andrius Montvila, Sandy and George Esser, Marj and Don Beck.

Additional letter writers, for and against, are:
Jane Harvey Charlie Curtis 14DEC19FIDCO_Mimi Gary 16DEC19Tom Siebens 18DEC19Luke_Rhonda Fowler 4JAN20Chris and Jean Wilmerding 9JAN20;
David Elizabeth Wilmerding 9JAN20; Ted Rogers 10JAN20Lucinda Herrick 14JAN20Amy Wilmerding Manny 17JAN20Peter and Jan Burr 22JAN20Exie Harvey 5FEB20Frank Burr 5FEB20Nishan Vartanian 5FEB20Dixon Harvey 5FEB20John Spofford 9FEB20John W Mettler 12FEB20; Ken Edwards 14FEB20; Tom and Beth Cashel 8MAR20; Harry and Susie Ferguson 17MAR20; Bob Evans 7AUG20; Rhonda_Luke Fowler 8AUG20; Jane_Andrew Ahrens 7AUG20; Mark Borden 10AUG20; Audrey Ludemann 23AUG20; James Rutherfurd 23AUG20; Bob Evans 24AUG20; Richard Breining 25AUG20; Paul Giles 4SEP20; Peter Chapman SEP20; Reynolds du Pont 8SEP20; Christopher Sanger 8SEP20;

Of Note: Environmental Assessment Form
This document includes the Project Information including the Site Description.
Description of Action: Change of zoning classification for a portion of the subject property from R-40 to Hamlet Density. Property is currently split zoned R-40 and Hamlet Density (HD). Change of zone is sought to clear the way for a four (4) lot subdivision of the existing parcel to create a 2.4 acre parcel for the development of multi-family housing. ~ Source: Environmental Assessment Form, Page 2

Project Description: Total acreage of project area: 3.83 acres. Total acreage owned and to be developed is 2.4 acres containing 4 two-family housing units of 2-story high, 33′ wide and 42′ long including 16 proposed off-street parking spaces*. ~ Source: Environmental Assessment Form, Page 3 & 5

Click any image to see a larger version. (See additional photo below.)

People may continue to write to be included in the public record with the Southold Town Board. Letters should be mailed or emailed to Elizabeth Neville, Town Clerk for inclusion in the public record. Her address is Southold Town Hall, 53095 Main Road, PO Box 1179, Southold, New York 11971. Her email is

Comments and suggestions may be sent to:

Walsh Park Board Members
c/o Matthew Edwards, Program Manager
90 Crescent Ave., #684
Fishers Island, NY 06390
Email Walsh Park: Matt Edwards
Email Ellen Harvey:
Email Ned Carlson:
Email Andrew Burr:

Southold Town Board
c/o Elizabeth A. Neville, Southold Town Clerk
PO Box 1179
Southold, NY 11971
Email Elizabeth Neville:
Email Louisa Evans:

Southold Town Planning Board
c/o Jessica Michaelis, Planning Department Office Assistant
Town of Southold
54375 NYS Route 25
P.O. Box 1179
Southold, NY 11971
Email Jessica Michaelis:
Email Pierce Rafferty:
Email Heather Lanza:

Zoning Board of Appeals
c/o Kim E. Fuentes
Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals
Town of Southold
54375 Main Road
P.O. Box 1179
Southold, NY  11971

Fort Wright block in discussion bordered by Whistler Ave (main road) on far right, Equestrian at top, and Winthrop Drive at left.

A Note from Walsh Park 12/9/19: *In reference to the map on file; “It should be noted that this is not the proposed plan but an example of what might be done. Walsh Park is using this old site plan* simply as a placeholder and formality to submit with the application, rather than spending a lot of money now on a new plan without knowing whether the zoning can get changed.

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