The Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed 131-acre industrial subdivision in Calverton will be the subject of a public scoping hearing before the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday night at Riverhead Town Hall.
Public comments are being solicited on a draft document, dubbed the “Scoping Statement,” which prescribes the nature and extent of the environmental assessment of the proposed subdivision.
View the draft scoping statement below.
The site is located on the Middle Country Road just west of Splish Splash Water Park, across from the lavender farm, and extends south to the Long Island Expressway. Access to the site is via the Middle Country Road.
Approximately 86 acres of the property is an active sod farm. There is also an undeveloped wooded area in the southeast corner of the property.
The Riverhead Planning Board in November classified the application as a Type I measure under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, requiring mandatory coordinated review between the agencies involved under SEQR.
On February 3, the Planning Committee assumed lead for the purposes of the review, declaring that the proposed measure could have significant potential adverse health, welfare and environmental impacts and issued a positive SEQR statement authorizing the preparation of a design requires environmental impact statement. The planning committee instructed the applicant to prepare a draft of the scope of the environmental impact statement.
The draft scoping statement was prepared by VHB Engineering and Design Consultants on behalf of the applicant.
The applicant, Bagatelle Associates of East Hills, has submitted three conceptual subdivision layouts to the city as required by city ordinance.
Applicant has identified as a preferred alternative a subdivision containing three proposed industrial lots (19.48 ± acres, 41.60 ± acres, and 44.74 ± acres) and one lot (4.73 ± acres) designated for future development of a sewage treatment plant is foreseen and land for open space (19.90 ± acres). The preferred alternative subdivision would retain a 0.2 hectare mapped wetland at its existing site.
The proposed properties would be accessed via a network of internal private roads extending from a new intersection on the Middle Country Road, with secondary emergency access to the Middle Country Road. The conceptual subdivision plan also provides for potential future access to the LIE North Service Road right-of-way.
The draft Environmental Impact Statement assesses potential significant adverse impacts on: soils, water resources, ecological resources, zoning, land use and community character, community amenities, transportation, air quality, noise, aesthetic resources, cultural resources, and energy and climate change, as outlined in the draft scoping statement .
The DEIS will also assess the cumulative impact of the proposed measure and other planning developments in the area to be identified by the City of Riverhead.
The applicant will have a traffic compatibility study drawn up. The traffic engineers will collect traffic data in the vicinity of the project site. They will use the data, which has been adjusted to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on traffic volumes, and to include state DOT projected traffic growth rates, along with estimates of trip generation for the proposed uses, to calculate the impact of traffic evaluate project.
Slightly less than 117 acres of the property are within the Industrial A zoning, while 14 acres are located at the south end of the property adjacent to the Long Island Expressway in the Riverfront Corridor zoning.
The property is within the Central Suffolk Special Groundwater Conservation Area. It is also within or adjacent to the Central Suffolk Pine Barrens and Peconic Bay and Environs Critical Environmental Areas.
The DEIS will also analyze the impact of four alternatives: (1) no action; (2) yield map showing 38 properties as per existing zoning; (3) Single occupier under existing industrial zoning; and (4) alternate access (access to the Long Island Expressway).
The city, at the applicant’s expense, has retained Sam Schwartz, a multidisciplinary consulting firm with particular expertise in transportation issues, to assist the Planning Committee in reviewing the application and the DEIS.
The public may comment on the draft scoping statement during Thursday’s public hearing, either in person at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, or via Zoom.
To comment via Zoom, log on to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87821899994?pwd=SDB3eTlvUzNuanNQRjNqZXZQR1VNZz09 or call 1-646 558-8656.
Meeting ID: 878 2189 9994 – Passcode: 850689
The session starts at 6 p.m
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