Plan for major East End golf resort could be voted down

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A plan to build a mega golf resort on Pine Barrens land on the East End may be voted down.

The Southampton Town Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a zoning change for the project, called The Hills. But it appears the zoning change that would be required for the 118-unit golf course complex to move forward could be defeated.

Environmentalists and residents say the controversial project is not expected to get the supermajority vote it needs. They say two town board members, Julie Lofstad and John Bouvier, are expected to vote against the project.

However, the board members did not want to comment until after tomorrow's vote.

For East Quogue resident Bill Kearns, it has been a five-year battle to stop the resort from being built in his rural Pine Barrens neighborhood. "I have been against it since day one -- I don't think it is right for the environment, I don't think it is right for the Pine Barrens," Kearns says.

Discovery Land, the developer on the project, said in a statement to News 12, "We expect a positive outcome for our application."

If the Hills Project is voted down, the developer would have to go back to the drawing board and start the process over, using a new plan that would meet zoning laws.

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