Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

Planning & Land Use

Brookhaven Town Board Modifies Zoning Variance Notification Requirements

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended the Brookhaven Town Board Meeting Tuesday Evening October 29, 2014. One notable item on the agenda was a Public Hearing on a proposal to modify the notification requirement for Variances. Variances are building and site plan designs that do not comply with Town requirements. When a property owner requests a Variance the Town schedules a public hearing on the matter. The Town code requires that the property owner requesting a Variance notify all property owners within 500 feet of the Public Hearing by USPS certified mail. The proposed modification would require certified mail for property owners within 200 feet and regular US mail for property owners 201 feet to 500 feet.

The basis for the proposal was twofold.
1. Certain property owners have balked at the cost of certified mail for minor Variances.
2. Certain Board expressed a belief that certified mail is actual less effective than regular mail getting people’s attention. The belief is that folks put off going to the post office to pick up certified mail on the assumption that only bad news comes through that vehicle. Furthermore they stated that Town records show that a significant portion of such mailings are never delivered.

There was an active dialogue amongst the Board members and with speakers from the community about the importance of transparency. Some strongly stated that any move to reduce transparency was a move in the wrong direction. Others spoke passionately about the ineffectiveness of certified mail.

The Board made it clear that this proposal did not apply to requests for change in Zone but only to Variances. Changes in Zone would still require certified mail for all properties within 500 feet.

The conclusion was that the Board voted to adopt the new approach.

The Design of Portion Road

Recently, Newsday’s “Watchdog” column discussed Portion Road and its design. Specifically, a local resident wrote to Newsday to find out why some parts of Portion Road have two travel lanes in each direction and some parts have one travel lane in each direction. The resident felt that in the sections that transition from two lanes to one lane, that drivers exhibit aggressive behavior to be at the “head of the line”.Read more...

Brookhaven Approves Historic Ronkonkoma Hub Master Developer Agreement with TRITEC

(The following is from a press release issued by the Town of Brookhaven Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor)

On August 28, 2012, the Brookhaven Town Board approved the Master Developer Designation Agreement (MDDA) with TRITEC Real Estate Company, LLC (also Trec Ronk Hub, LLC) for the 50-acre Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment. This is the first time in the Town’s history that it has entered into a formal partnership with a master developer to create a vibrant new community in the Town. Read more...

Suffolk Legislature Supports Ronkonkoma Hub

(The following are excerpts from a press release issued by the Suffolk County Legislature Office of the Presiding Officer)

Doing its part to pave the way for the most important pending economic development project in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Legislature has included funding in its 2013 capital budget to create sewers to serve the Ronkonkoma Hub project.
The proposed $350 million redevelopment project will transform the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station into a 50-acre, mixed-use, transportation-oriented, pedestrian-friendly centerpiece of the community.Read more...

Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan Update

On Tuesday, May 8th, there was a Town Board Hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall to re-zone 15 parcels within the area of the 2010 Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan. The Civic supported this series of re-zonings because it changed the zoning of specific parcels where the current use of the property matched the Land Use Plan, but not the current zoning. This was be the third hearing held for re-zoning; the Town was successful in re-zoning 78 parcels presented at a hearing in June 2010, and 31 parcels in March 2012.

Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan Update

On Thursday, March 1st, there was a Special Town Board Hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall to re-zone 31 parcels within the area of the Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan. The Town adopted the Land Use Plan in 2010. The Civic supported this series of re-zonings because it changed the zoning of specific parcels where the current use of the property matched the Land Use Plan, but not the current zoning. The hearing also resolved “split-zoned” properties, where one parcel straddles the line between two zoning areas. The re-zoning removed the burden of a Change of Zone application from the property owner who may want to develop a parcel in compliance with the Land Use Plan, and protected residential parcels from inappropriate development. This was be the second special hearing held for re-zoning; the Town was successful in re-zoning 78 out of the 86 parcels presented at a prior hearing in June 2010.

Ronkonkoma Hub Update

Here on are some recent news items regarding the proposed transit-oriented development of the 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma Train Station:Read more...

Traffic Calming Project for Holbrook Road

On July 28, 2011, members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended a Public Information Meeting hosted by the Town of Brookhaven at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. Read more...

Ronkonkoma Hub Update

On March 7, 2011, the Town of Brookhaven issued a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for developers to present the Town with a concept plan for the Ronkonkoma Hub transit-oriented development, which is one of the most significant opportunities in the region to create a beautiful new transit-oriented downtown.
Read more at the Brookhaven website: http://www.brookhaven.org/PressRoom/tabid/56/newsid970/985/Default.aspx