Great Rock Golf Club's Proposal




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.




Save the Shoreham-Wading River


Forest and The Mastic Woods




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.
A sample phone script is provided below.


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Hi, I’m ____________________ from ________________.


I am calling in support of bill numbers A7722-B and S6157-B, to add environmentally-sensitive land in Shoreham and Mastic to the Core Preservation Area of the Long Island Pine Barrens.
 
Please sign this important piece of legislation into law. Thank you.


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Read more or download the bill at:


S6157-B
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s6157/amendment/b

A7722B
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/a7722/amendment/b


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.


Press coverage on the Pine Barrens Expansion Act


Read the editorial at Newsday  for more background information.


https://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/gov-cuomo-should-sign-bill-on-solar-and-forest-preservation-1.15376260



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More background on previous efforts to preserve the Shoreham-

Wading River Forest:


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:
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-07-23/solar-project-cant-save-the-forest-for-the-trees


December 7, 2017 at 7pm