Neighbors keeping neighborhoods neighborly!

The South Country CLT is unique in its comprehensive approach to land use throughout the South Country School District. Achieving a balance between individual ownership and the common good, the land trust will acquire property that can be leased or sold to homeowners while the trust participates in the land management decisions of the community. Buildings on CLT land serve different needs as long as the goal of perpetual affordability is met through limits on resale prices and maintenance of property.

The South Country CLT is primarily concerned with the need for affordable housing, but is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of land uses, including both business and commercial development.

The South Country CLT is limited geographically to the South Country School District and is administered by a board that will include leaseholders, community residents, and members of the public. The CLT is organized as a not-for-profit membership corporation, with a board of directors elected by the members. The organization is balanced to protect both the residents and the community as a whole.

South Country Community Land Trust 2004 Founding Committee
Warren Beaven, Lynn Brown, Terri Hall, Carolyn Holtz, Nancy Marr, Helen Martin, Joan McGay, Sibyl Mizzi, Bob Mulvey, Lee Snead, Fran Suk, Herman Washington, Tom Williams, Karen Zahradka

South Country Community Land Trust 2014 Board of Directors
Nancy Marr, Helen Martin, Carolyn Holtz, Karen Zahradka, Lynn Brown, Mary Durham, Sibyl Mizzi, Debbie Ann Chang, Joann Neal, Waveney Klaiber, Fred Combs

The South Country Community Land Trust is a member of the Community Land Trust Network, which promotes and advocates for the community land trust model of developing and preserving affordable housing.

Nancy Marr – President Nancy Marr has been a resident of the South Country School District since 1962. She was a founding member of the Bellport Area Community Action Program, now known as the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area, and was its director from 1978 to 1999.  She was a member of the Housing Committee of the South Country School District Hamlet Study in 2004, has served on the board of the Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance, Inc., Intergenerational Strategies, Inc.,  the South Brookhaven Health Council, and Brookhaven NAACP. Nancy is particularly involved in the League of Women Voters of Brookhaven and the Greater Bellport Coalition.
Helen Martin -
Past President

Helen Martin moved to Bellport in 1961, and in 1975 became the Director of the Bellport Senior Nutrition Program, providing lunch, recreation, and referrals for services for seniors.  In 1983 she left to become the first Executive Director of the Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance. Under her leadership, the Alliance became a Housing Counseling Agency, rehabilitated over sixty homes in the community, and for ten years ran Keys for the Homeless, an annual conference with speakers about affordable housing and housing services.  The Alliance, a Weed and Seed site from 1997 to 2007, is now a Graduate Weed and Seed, and issues FEMA vouchers for rent, food through the FAN program, and funds for oil and electricity through Project Warmth. Its newest programs are Bellport Second Chance for ex-offenders and a pre-apprenticeship training given by the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council. Helen Martin retired from the Alliance in 2009.
Joann Neal -
Vice President

Joann Neal has lived in the Bellport area since 1969 and has been an active participant in community activities to help youth and families. From 1984 to 1992 she worked for the Bellport Area Community Action Committee (BACAC) as the Tutorial Coordinator at Bellport High School, in the After School Program and BACAC where she created the BACAC Steel Drum Band and ran youth leadership activities. In 1992 Joann went to the Harry Chapin Inn to work with homeless families, and then to St. Christopher Attilie (now called SCO Family Services) where she worked with foster care case management until she retired in 2013. Joann has served on the South Country School Board, the South Country Library Board, where she was president for many terms, the PILOT Board, and LI Families Together Board, as well as serving on the BHEP Alliance Board for fourteen years.

Carolyn Holtz – Secretary

Carolyn Holtz is a life-long resident, graduating from BHS in 1970. She was a member of the S.C.C.L.T. Founders Committee and is the current chairperson for Outreach. She believes that everyone who wants a home should have the opportunity to own one, and that the perpetual affordability of housing within the land trust framework enables this goal. She is Chairperson of Outreach for the Bellport United Methodist Church and serves on other committees. Carolyn is very involved with the steering committee of the local soup kitchen, I.N.N. Friendship.

Karen Zahradka - Treasurer

Karen Zahradka is a lifelong resident of Long Island’s south shore. And has resided in the South Country School District since 1980. She is a founding member of the South Country Community Land Trust.  Karen served on the South Country School District’s Budget Advisory Committee for 2000 – 2005, and has served on the District’s Shared Decision Making Steering Committee since 2002.  Karen has a BBA in Accounting from Siena College, and is a CPA.  Her 3 children all graduated from Bellport High School and her continued interest in the school community keeps her involved in organizations that serve the students and families of the South Country School District.



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Brookhaven, NY 11719-0061

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