Next Meeting 11/20/13 Wednesday
@7pm Comsewogue Library
The restaurant chain Chik-Fil-A will be presenting at this month's Civic Assoc. meeting Weds. Nov. 20th @ 7pm in the Comsewoque Public Library on Terryville Road (community room B). The public access TV channel on cablevision has a tape of the working session mtg of the Brookhaven town board from Nov. 7th addressing this application (part of the old King O'Rourke property on Rte 347 next to the Pep Boys facility). That Nov. 7th taping airs from time to time on cablevision.
Hope you come out and listen and ask your questions in this community meeting.
Please note Nov. 20th @ 7pm is the meeting night not Nov. 27th as originally proposed.
Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld newsletter 11-2013
Designing Healthy Communities
We invite you to attend four evenings of documentary films on “Designing Healthy Communities” at 7:30 pm at the Setauket Neighborhood House. Admission is free, and the topics are Retrofitting Suburbia, on October 17, Rebuilding Places of the Heart,” on October 24, Social Policy in Concrete, on November 21, and Searching for Shangri-La on December 5. Refreshments and discussions led by an expert in town planning will follow the showings. This series is sponsored by The Three Village Community Trust, joined by Avalon Park and Preserve, the Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook, Three Village Historical Society, and the SBU Sustainability Studies Program.
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CARMANS RIVER CONSERVATION
Cumsewogue Historical Society Float graces the Parade!
In accordance with the bylaws of the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association, we are required to amend the bylaws to include the 4th Wednesday as our meeting day in place of the current wording that states that meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month. A vote is required to adopt this amendment prior to the bylaws wording to be revised. This posting will serve as notification to the public of the intent to revise the bylaws accordingly and a vote will be held in abeyance until the June 25, 2013 monthly meeting.
We hope you can make this important meeting and bring a friend. Please sign in at sgt. of arms table when you come in and check if your $10 dues for the year is paid up.
We, the PJSTCA suggest that the issue/proposal of the waste treatment plant be moved from Tuesday’s Town Board agenda, to give the community a chance to weigh in AND the town to research the implications of a large waste treatment center in our community. Immediately it is obvious that Bicycle Path has on it residential development and our High School. The need for this waste treatment facility is focused on the potential needs of a proposed Jefferson Meadows housing development on the former Ramp car dealership.
Perhaps more important, the Tsunis Jefferson Meadows idea was plowed forward due to a supposed 'blight', but none exists in the vicinity. The beautiful offices in the former Thomas Dodge location is thriving. We also have a NEW HESS Station, and we have a buyer for U-HALL at the former 84 Lumber. LA Fitness is building as we speak. It was on the blight to light initiative that Jim Tsunis was able to push quickly his proposal- an initiative of Blight to Light was NEVER WAS EXPLAINED TO THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION. Our community never had a say it this designation, and so, had no information upon which to formulate a cohesive argument against the proposal.
Much has changed in the three years since first hearing of the development. Namely, a GREAT NUMBER of community members came out in opposition and their voices are the ones that we must listen to. When Mr. Romaine was running for election he was VEHEMENT about the need for COMMUNITY BASED PLANNING. We voted for him based on this position.
The greatest concern is a new zone code for blight to light, allows the developers to by-pass the process of working through our elected officials where the community supposedly has recourse. Adding to this injury was report by the property owner, who went to the planning board claiming that unseemly behavior was taking place on the property in question. This however had not and DOES NOT coincide with what is being said by the neighbors who live UP AGAINST the site. In fact there were only two complaints made by Mr. Rampone, owner, in many many years, and both pertained to adjacent properties he owned with barn-like structures on it. These structures and their small lot are not the bulk of the site which is intended for the greatest development.
Another concern are loss of privacy. The potential loss of existing vegetation on the proposed Jeff Meadows plan is tremendous. The plan does not fit in with the residential, private community around it. We’re concerned because this site that doesn't fall in a primary zone for work force housing. The community does not support this change of zone and there is a petition on file with the planning board with signatures of well over 20% of the affected neighborhood.
In order for the number of units planned for Jefferson Meadows, Jim Tsunis would have to develop the land to the current fence line, but the current zone requires adherence to covenants on the property. Covenants require that 30% of the property has to remain naturally vegetated, which speaks to a quality of life issue for the neighbors, our beautiful community and the hamlet at large.
No blight exists in the area and the site lends itself to commercial development as the existing code and corridor study indicate.
The suggestion was made in an attempt to avoid the conflict that currently exists with the Town of Brookhaven Board meetings often being held on the same night that we hold our Civic meetings. Changing our meetings to Wednesdays will now provide residents with the opportunity to attend both monthly Civic and Town Board meetings.
The Library was able to accommodate this request and approved our application accordingly effective September 25, 2013.
In accordance with the bylaws of the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association, we are required to amend the bylaws to include the 4th Wednesday as our meeting day in place of the current wording that states that meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
A vote is required to adopt this amendment prior to the bylaws wording to be revised. This posting will serve as notification to the public of the intent to revise the bylaws accordingly and a vote will be held in abeyance until the June 25, 2013 monthly meeting.
Please note that we will continue to hold our monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday until September 2013
Please take a moment today, Tuesday, May 21, to cast your vote for the Comsewogue School District 2013-2014 Budget. Polling takes place at the High School from 9AM-9PM
The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association thanks Craig den Hartog for doing more than his share of helping to beautify our community. Mr. den Hartog, together with his family, neighbors and volunteers are responsible for donating and planting the daffodills that line Old Town Road south of Route 347 in Terryville.
If you are interested in assisting Mr. den Hartog in his Old Town Blooms endeavor, please visit www.oldtownblooms.com for more information.
Join good people doing great things…and help us fight dirty!!!
A community-based planning process is under way to explore the ways the Port Jefferson LIRR station and surrounding areas can be redeveloped, but it needs community members to serve on committees to guide that planning process.
That's according to the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association, which presented the "Port Jefferson Station Commercial Hub Study" to its membership on Wednesday night. The study will encompass the stretch of Route 112 between Hallock Avenue and Route 347 as well as the surrounding areas on the east and west sides of Route 112 and south of the LIRR station.
"We're not looking to do a study with the 30 people who are here at the civic meeting every month," civic association president Ed Garboski said. "We're looking for what the community wants. We want the community to be involved."
The hub study consists of a Citizens Advisory Committtee, chaired by Charlie McAteer, and several committees that are broken down as follows:
- Commercial & industrial Zoning
- Traffic, Pedestrian Safely and Transportation
- Design, Aesthetics and Architecture
- Housing & Residential Needs
- Stony Brook University Housing/Transportation Components
"We are looking to come up with potentials," McAteer said. "We are not looking to design anything, we are looking to see what can be done. That’s why these six groups are important."
The goal of the study is to improve the area through zoning changes and smart planning that will ultimately attract private investors and business owners to come in to build or re-build.
"If the community comes up with a viable plan and the community is behind it, the investors will come," Garboski said.
He added: "If you don't think you know anything about zoning, that's OK." If people can't physically attend the meetings, he encouraged people to join the committees "electronically" by sending their ideas, observations and comment to his email address, email@example.com.
The goal is also to compliment the work being done by the village of Port Jefferson to improve the area known as Upper Port.
Town councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld, who secured $75,000 in funding from the town in order to conduct this study, said there needs to be "joint work" from both communities in order to be successful.
"The goal is to get the community input as to what you’d like to see," he said. "It’s got to be economically real."
Thomas Chawner of Brookhaven town's planning department said it is important to promote the residential integrity of the neighborhood while redeveloping the area surrounding the train station. He compared the situation to the villages of Patchogue and Farmingdale, which he said have done some smart planning.
"I think it’s very important that the scale not be out of proportion. This is a suburban environment," he said. "This is not Ronkonkoma, this is not the city of Glen Cove, this is not Mineola."
The Citizens Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public; the next one is set for April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Comsewogue School District administrative office on Norwood Avenue.
Port Times Record-www.northshoreoflongisland.com
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