"The North Fork Civics: Strategic Action" Session from 4/26/2019
Meeting Notes: NFEC/NFAS: Civic Association Roundtable
One Big Home:
Low income/affordable/workforce housing:
Peconic Region Community Preservation Fund (CPF):
Light and Noise pollution:
Land and Water use:
Ag Advisory Board:
GW&CC (Global Warming & Climate Change):
Join us at the next meeting on Wednesday, May 29th (2 days after Memorial Day.)
Last month's civic meeting on 4/26/19 dealt with a broad spectrum of issues from EPCAL to Helicopter noise, Climate change, Beach Rights, Light and Noise Pollution.
December 7, 2017 at 7pm
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UPDATE: Bill #s A7722-B and S6157-B was passed by the NYS Assembly and Senate with similar support and was presented to the Governor on December 6, 2017.
Bill was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.
There is a bill (numbers A7722-B and S6157-B) that will add nearly 1,000 acres from Shoreham-Wading River Forest and The Mastic Woods to the core preservation area of the central pine barrens.
This legislation must be be signed by Governor Cuomo by next week. Please call his office at 1-518-474-8390 to voice your support for the Pine Barrens Expansion Act.
Read more or download the bill at:
This legislation was proposed by NYS Assemblyman and Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Steve Englebright and Co-Sponsors Fred Thiele, Anthony H. Palumbo, Dean Murray and Luis R. Sepúlveda and was passed by Assembly with overwhelming support. Senator Kenneth P. LaValle sponsored the bill in the Senate with
Co-Sponsor Brad Hoylman and the bill was passed with similar support and was presented to the Governor on December 6, 2017.
From the S6157-B and A7722B bill:
This legislation expands the core preservation area of the central pine barrens through the inclusion of two environmentally sensitive areas located adjacent to the central pine barrens boundary - the Shoreham property/Wading River Marsh complex and the Mastic Woods complex.
The Shoreham/Wading River complex consists of more than 800 acres of property containing extensive woodlands, fields, tidal marsh, a vernal pool, and nearly one-mile of shorefront on Long Island Sound. Based on inventory work by the New York Natural Heritage program this property contains more than a dozen rare plant populations and is composed of twenty-five distinct ecological communities.
The Mastic Woods complex contains several forested pine barrens communities, providing habitat to many dozens of indigenous bird, mammal, and reptile and amphibian species, including habitat for the federally threatened Northern long-eared bat. It also encompasses the largest remaining undeveloped property within the Forge River watershed. This river is among the most significantly impaired waterbodies on Long Island and preservation of the woodlands will help prevent further deterioration.
Read the editorial at Newsday for more background information.
NYS Assemblyman and Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) has proposed legislation the Suffolk County's Shoreham-Wading River Forest situated on over 800 pristine acres of woodland, wetland and shoreline be considered for adoption as New York State Park.
Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition supports this project and if it is successful, would advocate for NYS PILOT payments for this new State Park and other State Parks on Long Island.
Richard Amper, Executive Director, Long Island Pine Barrens Society has written a in-depth proposal to the Commissioner of New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation. This proposal will start the process of State Park creation for the Shoreham-Wading River Forest. He has extended an invitation to residents, civic organizations and conservation groups to indicate their support by signing-on (including title and affiliation, if any) to his letter. Print, sign and mail the attached letter in PDF format (click here).
Press coverage of the Shoreham-Wading River Forest over the past few years can be found here:
Forward Moves: What SHOULD we do? Pick Three (up to Five) issues that are COMMON to the North Fork/Peconic Region What WILLwe do? What do we need to do AS A GROUP/TEAM to help each other accomplish our goals in our own district?
Farmland-Peconic Bay Community Preservation Funds
Come to Riverhead Town Hall on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7PM to hear about the proposed new site plan for Great Rock Golf Club at the Planning Board meeting.
According to the agenda on the TOR website: "Public hearing on a preliminary site plan application to construct a 2-story clubhouse addition to the Great Rock Golf Course located at 15 Fairway Drive, Wading River. The proposed clubhouse would have a first floor with an area of 6,588 sq. ft., and a basement with an area of 6,230 sq. ft. The site plan also proposes landscaping, lighting, parking, and drainage improvements, as well as the relocation of existing trailers on site. The parcel is located within the Residence B-80 (RB80) zoning use district, and is described as SCTM No. 600-57-1-1.3 "
The community has had past litigation with the Great Rock Golf Club and any new plans must still be compliant with the existing covenants. It is the Riverhead Town Board’s responsibility to uphold the original covenants on the property that provide protection for the surrounding homeowners by limiting expansion and the number of homes that could be built there.
In 2011, the Great Rock owners had submitted an apparently similar site plan calling for a 6,500+ sq. ft. catering hall, with second floor offices, a 6,200 sq. ft. basement and more parking and lighting.
The RNPC with Wading River residents filed a lawsuit in 2011 in opposition to Great Rock’s proposed site plan expansion. On May 3, 2012 the TOR Planning Department denied the new Great Rock site plan. For background, go to Save Wading River page or click here.
Come to the American Legion Hall on Wickham and Pike Street
on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 6:30PM to hear about the potential building of a 20,000 square foot retail store on the corner of Main Road and New Suffolk Avenue.
Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association will hold their January meeting in the American Legion Hall on Wickham and Pike Street from 6:30PM to 8:30 PM.
The MCLA meeting will focus on the potential building of a 20,000 square foot retail store on the corner of Main Road and New Suffolk Avenue.
How will such large building project impact the surrounding community? Please come to MCLA meeting and voice your opinion on this new retail store proposal.
At the right is the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association meeting flyer that you can right-click on the image and save to print-out and distribute to your neighbors and members of your organizations to help publicize the meeting.
Come join us on Friday, April 26th at the Peconic Lane Community Center (Red Brick Schoolhouse) at 6:30pm in Room#1 at the end of the hall to the south.
We’ll use the last meeting as a springboard to our continuing discussion about protecting and nourishing our rural way of life on the North Fork. Bring a one-sentence highlight of your accomplishments from the last month—we are in a series of sprints inside a marathon, so small advances are big news.
We will begin strategic planning based on the March 6th Strategic Doing Session, see sidebar below.
Mark Haubner a member of the Steering committee of Draw Down East End & North Fork is interviewed on the WPKN broadcast "Digging in the Dirt Radio" hosted by Kevin Gallagher and now available on on SoundCloud.
The interview features a discussion of Paul Hawken's book "DrawDown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" that concerns today's climate crisis. The author provides a detailed plan of step-by-step solutions. Hawken's "Drawdown" team of over 200 researchers from 22 nations provides the tools and a road map of 100 ways for communities to implement these scientifically based techniques and thus begin the "drawdown" of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with the goal of the eventual reversal of global warming by 2050.
The New York Health Act will be reintroduced in the 2019 legislative session. This healthcare legislation, if passed, will guarantee healthcare to every resident of New York through a single-payer system. The new NYH Act bill is not yet available online, but you can read a summary of the previous bill here:
In 2019, the need for single-payer healthcare is growing, and if this is an issue that impacts you and your family, it is important to let your representatives in the Senate and the Assembly know your concerns.
By calling, emailing and tweeting your elected officials in the both State Senate and Assembly, you can ask them to be an original cosponsor or just vote for the NY Health Act. The Campaign for New York Health has a simple online tool to do all three. Also, get more information on the proposed healthcare legislation at their NYH website.
Alternately, you can write and send letters by mail to your representatives in the Senate and the Assembly.
Find contact information for your Senator at:
Find contact information for your Assembly member at: https://www.nyassembly.gov/mem/
The Town Board will be hosting a Community Forum on Downtown Zoning at Town Hall on Thursday night at 6:00 pm. The forum will focus on the rough draft of Downtown Zoning changes with input from the community . Topics covered will include building height, design, and lot coverage.
If you cannot attend you are encouraged to submit written comments to the Town Clerk via email at Townclerk@townofriverheadny.gov, mail, or by dropping off comments at Town Hall.
If you would like to view the forum from home tune into channel 22 or watch via the Town website at:
Solar issues for Residents:
What is solar power? Solar panels are photovoltaic (PV) cells that are made primarily of silicon, aluminum and glass. These cells absorb the sunlight, and the light causes the silicon atoms inside the cells to move. The moving electrons travel along the aluminum and a direct current (DC) of electricity is formed. That direct current must be converted to an alternating current (AC) to power the devices inside your home. This is done by a DC to AC inverter. Any resident in any zoning use district can install solar panels on their rooftop or in their yard. (Fast-track permitting)
A Building Permit is required for the installation of solar panels. Information on the requirements and fees is contained in section 217-12 F of the Riverhead Town Code.
From the Riverhead Town Code (See section 217-12 F)
§ 217-12 Building permit fees.
Residential or commercial energy conservation devices.
Residential or commercial energy conservation devices constructed or installed in or upon a structure which qualify for any federal, state or local tax exemption, tax credit or tax rebate, including but not limited to solar panels: a flat fee of $150, except that the residential fee for solar installations that meet the Fast-Track requirements set forth below shall be $50.
An applicant shall meet the criteria and submit the information and documentation listed below to be eligible for the Fast-Track reduced fee and expedited review (14 days):
The proposed solar installation shall be on a residential building or legal accessory structure.
The proposed solar installation shall be on a roof with a single layer of roof covering.
The proposed solar installation shall be flush-mounted parallel to the roof surface and no more than six inches above the surface.
The proposed solar installation shall have an eighteen-inch clearing at the roof ridge and an eighteen-inch clearing path to the ridge.
The proposed solar installation shall create a roof load of no more than five pounds per square foot for photovoltaic (PV) and six pounds per square foot for residential solar hot water (RSHW).
The applicant must retain services for installation by a prescreened contractor. (See Fast-Track application terms and conditions.)
Read more of the Building Dept requirements at the Town of Riverhead website.
For more information on the benefits and issues of solar energy for residents: residential solar installations on rooftop or ground, Community Solar, and Community Choice Aggregation, click on the link below to download a pdf of this report.
Come join us on March 6th at the Jamesport Meeting House, at 6:30pm to discuss what you and your civic would like to accomplish within the next 5 years, 20 years, and 50 years. Any idea worthwhile, thinking out of the box encouraged.
We will begin strategic planning based on the January 16th Visioning Session, see sidebar below.
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