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Matt Lauer's plan to plant trees on Hamptons horse farm draws neighbor's ire

Matt Lauer has gotten the ire of his

Matt Lauer has gotten the ire of his Hamptons neighbor over his plans to plant trees on his Water Mill property in Southampton Town. Credit: Getty Images

"Today" host Matt Lauer's plans to plant trees on his Hamptons property has angered a neighbor who likes looking at the bucolic 40-acre horse farm.

Jack Wasserman, who lives next to Lauer's Water Mill property in Southampton Town, said in a statement Sunday that Lauer has an application pending before the town planning board for a proposed site plan amendment to plant 42 trees at his Bright Side Farm on Deerfield Road. Adding the trees along the northern property line is in conflict with restrictions placed on the property, Wasserman said.

Lauer and his attorney could not be reached for comment Sunday. Representatives of the town planning board also could not be reached.

Most of the trees, ranging in height from 6 feet to 18 feet, and 194 shrubs would be planted "along the perimeter of Jack and Jodi Wasserman's property, which currently has unobstructed views of the Farm," Wasserman said in his statement.

He quoted what he said was a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions relating to the property that states there should be "no landscaping of the property which obscures the view of the subject parcels."

Wasserman and his wife also object to Lauer's "present business use" of the Water Mill farm.

"Despite the Development Rights Easement prohibitions on the business use of the Farm as a riding academy, Bright Side Farm's website states that 'Bright Side Farm' is a full service riding and boarding facility, and its website also lists pricing for the riding lessons," Wasserman said.

Wasserman said he has plans to continue to fight Lauer's tree-planting proposal, but declined to provide details.

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