East Hampton is defined by the unique character of its hamlets, villages and countryside. The community has actively sustained this Vision, set forth in the 2005 Comprehensive Plan through open space preservation, rezonings, enactments of Historic District regulations, protection of Scenic Resources, and other important actions and policies. The unspoiled natural and cultural features comprise the primary appeal of East Hampton and have helped shape the Town into the premier international resort community that it is today.
The Comprehensive Plan called for an evaluation of the Town's ability and desire to meet future commercial needs and to develop detailed plans for our commercial areas. East Hampton business owners and associations, Citizen Advisory Committees, Village and Hamlet Improvement Societies and other organizations have continued to urge the Town to conduct these studies and analyses. The primary goal of the Hamlet Study is to formulate these detailed plans for the future of each individual hamlet center in order to help foster the existing character, enhance the economic vitality and meet the needs of East Hampton Township. 2005 Town Comprehensive Plan (PDF)