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Town Board has created a zoning code called "Planned Development" which allows for mixed uses at the Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) although the public voiced objections and concern about the inclusion of housing and retail as well as the vague descriptions of allowable land uses at the site.  Despite this, a 50 lot subdivision was formed from the last remaining 2300 acres of Town-owned land at EPCAL.  More recently, the Town announced it has agreed to sell the entire subdivision to a single developer.   
  
It's vital to remember that the Riverhead taxpayers were promised that there would never be any housing at EPCAL.  Housing does not lead to economic development because every home costs the taxpayers more than those homeowners pay in property taxes. Housing will also worsen the burden on our crowded school system and increase school taxes as a result.  Homes do not mix well with commercial/industrial development which will inevitably lead to conflicts between residents and businesses.  Open space, on the other hand, is not a tax burden and increases the value of already developed land.  We currently have an inventory of empty houses as well as planned housing in downtown Riverhead that will be available to potential future employees at EPCAL.  But, creating broad, mixed-use zoning will only serve the purpose of potential developers and will lead to residential development at EPCAL that will be very expensive to us taxpayers.  There should be no housing built at EPCAL.

Furthermore, the taxpaying public has been given precious little information concerning the future plans for development of this huge piece of Town land.  Over the past two decades, there have been several potential EPCAL development deals announced by the Town.  None have come to fruition.  The latest deal, announced on March 30th, which would turn over the remaining 2300 acres of town-owned land to a single developer.  It is for $5 million less than the previous deal and gives 1700 acres more.  All of this land is regulated by the new Town Code which allows housing.  This is a huge deal about which the citizens have been told very few details.  We remind the Town Board that this is public land. The Town of Riverhead and the latest purchaser must hold a series of public information meetings, where residents can ask questions about the company and the proposed development, as well as tour the area being sold. The public must be included in the process.

Photo courtesy of Design Plus

Many community members and civic groups are concerned with the supportive zoning uses allowed at EPCAL:


  • A particular concern is Support Use #1 Residential.
  • Zoning enacted in August of 2016 will as
    of right allow 300 units to be built, with an unlimited amount of additional units if requested.
  • While the units are considered to be support to the principle use, nothing in the zoning requires the housing to be developed after the principle use is established or that the units remain developer-owned.
  • Housing at EPCAL will increase school taxes, police and rescue and infrastructure costs while deterring the ability to market EPCAL as a economic generator for the Town.



For more information on this important issue:


Click on the link below to visit the website Citizens Against Housing at EPCAL where you will find more on this developing situation regarding the subdivision application and potential for large housing developments for the EPCAL property.


http://thecaeh.com/



Get the facts on this EPCAL deal!

Visit the EPCALfacts website where you will find more on this deal:


1–$150,000 typos
2–Wrong lawyer
3–Buyers = “3 Stooges”
4–Commissions too high
5–Exclusion clause useless
6–Luminati @ full commission
7–Loose lips cost $5 million
8–Conflicts rule
9–Housing allowed
10–Luminati doubts


and more...


Click on the link below:


http://epcalfacts.org/




Read about EPCAL in the news, click on the link below:


http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2017/04/80043/column-announced-epcal-deal-raises-questions/




For more on the history of EPCAL:


To read more on the background of EPCAL over the years since the property was given to the Town of Riverhead by the Navy and find links to download additional EPCAL documents and the EPCAL subdivision maps go to the EPCAL History page link on the menu at the top or base of this page orclick here
















The subdividing and subsequent 


sale of land at EPCAL has long 


been anticipated to provide 


economic development to our 


Town. It must be carefully and 


diligently implemented in order


to realize this goal. 

EPCAL Update



The Citizens Against Housing at EPCAL group working on the EPCAL housing zoning potential uses has been working on a strategy to eliminate the possibility of residential development there. A template letter to send to the Riverhead Town Board or to the media was created that may be used and customized by anyone to comment on this situation. Your review, comment, and use are welcomed.


For a copy of the letter in Word format click here.

For a copy of the letter in PDF format click here.



The text of the EPCAL template letter is reproduced here:



























































Background Information on the EPCAL Property


The Town Planning Board held a hearing on the preliminary subdivision application for the EPCAL property on 1/5/17.  The hearing was closed on that date, and the hearing record was left open for 10 days for written comments. This project would subdivide 2,323.9 acres of land into 50 individual lots for a mix of uses including commercial, retail, industrial, residential, recreation, and utilities. The subdividing and subsequent sale of land at EPCAL has long been anticipated to provide economic development to our Town. It must be carefully and diligently implemented in order to realize this goal.  


However, there is some concern that the necessary controls are not being placed on this subdivision approval. This is an unusual subdivision, in that it is not owned by a private party but, rather, by the Town of Riverhead itself. In addition, the zoning that was previously approved for this area is quite general and open-ended. Further, the infrastructure that would be required (roads, sewage, water supply, electricity, stormwater control) to support development is similarly not defined or specified, or installed. Providing this infrastructure will require significant expenditures by the Town. Permitting housing on the EPCAL site will place demands on the School District


The Planning Board members provided verbal assurances that these issues would be properly dealt with as the lots are sold over the coming years and decades. However, we believe that verbal assurances from current Town representatives will not be sufficient to ensure compliance in the future. We believe that specific written conditions must be placed on any approval of this subdivision so that they would apply to every lot as it is sold.
 


For the infrastructure costs:


  1. A payment to the Town for all costs associated with the lot's development prior to any construction.
  2. A requirement that all necessary infrastructure has been constructed and is operational before the lot may be used
    and occupied.


For retail or housing: 

  1. There should simply be none allowed.