On Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7PM in Town Hall, the Zoning Board released their decision to deny the DC Industries' appeal for a change of use to the Rural Corridor zoning to allow a retail wine store and wine bar for the RLC property at Main Road and Tuthill Lane in Jamesport.
Residents stated their strong opposition to the proposed retail Wine Shop and Tasting Room at the first public hearing several weeks ago at Town Hall. Retail stores are not permitted under Rural Corridor Zoning. In addition, a wine-tasting-room is only permitted under RLC zoning when it is an accessory use to a vineyard that produces the wine that is being served in the tasting-room.
Dayna Corlito, President of DC Industries II LLC has applied to the Town of Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals to request a use variance for the 1.3 acre property with a house and barn (photo above) located at 1146 Main Road at Tuthill Lane in Jamesport. The owner is proposing a change of use to a retail wine shop in the house with an accessory tasting room in the barn. Hours of operation would run from 12:00PM-10:00PM. The property owner claims, "This use would...benefit the surrounding farms and businesses."
The prevailing businesses of the North Fork are vineyards and yet another tasting room plus a retail wine shop would only bring unwanted competition to the five vineyards in the immediate area. The legacy vineyards have built up the reputation of the North Fork and the area's wines through their owners' years of investment and hard work. The DC Industries site at 1146 Main Road is comprised of a house and barn on small 1.3 acre property without a vineyard.
Numerous pages of petitions have been collected by residents indicating that they are strongly in favor of preserving the Rural Corridor (RLC) zoning. If this variance were granted, residents caution that many developers would file similiar motions to change the Rural Corridor (RLC) zoning on the Main Road to Hamlet Center (HC). The HC zoning could possibly enable development similar to Route 58's big box stores. Major commercial development on the Main Road of the North Fork would have a significant environmental impact on the surrounding neighborhoods at great cost to the homeowners, farms and vineyards.
For more information on this story, click on this link to this press article: http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2017/04/80222/zba-rejects-wine-store-plan-for-historic-jamesport-farmhouse/
Historic buildings and sites in the RLC zone will be offered an incentive for restoration in an effort by the Landmark Commission to preserve the Main Road's historical heritage from Route 105 to the Southold border.
Special permits may be obtained by owners who wish to enlarge their existing buildings for use as professional offices of attorneys, architects, medical doctors or dentists, as wellness facilities or as general offices provided that the property conforms to the following:
If your house is a Town landmark, or is a property that contributes to the character of a designated Historic District, you can apply for a tax exemption if you’re doing an historic restoration. The exemption from taxation applies to any increase in your property's value attributable to the alteration or restoration for the first 5 years. Then the percentage of tax exemption decreases 20% yearly for the next 5 years.
For more information, click here.
URT and Fuel Cell Project
3/8/17 UPDATE: Town of Riverhead Zoning Board has denied URT's application for a fuel cell installation
A proposal from Fuel Cell Technology called for a 1.4 MW fuel cell plant to be installed adjacent to Sound Shore Road at United Riverhead Terminal with the electricity going to PSEGLI, waste heat going to heat tanks at URT, and air emissions and wastewater to be discharged on site. The Northville Beach Civic Association and RNPC has opposed this project.
An application for the fuel cell plant was submitted to the Zoning Board by United Riverhead Terminal for an expansion of the non-conforming use. The proposed fuel energy cell would discharge waste water into the aquifer, would use 6,480 gallons of water each day, and would require new high voltage transmission lines to be constructed.
Photos courtesy of Design Plus