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Jan 23, 2013 9:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Board Hurriedly Approves Tuckahoe Center Analysis Document

Jan 24, 2013 11:25 AM

“Is this addressing whether we’re going to turn into County Road 58 [in Riverhead]?” she said, referring to a stretch of big-box stores, strip malls and commercial development. “What is the likelihood that this development is going to lead to the kind of large-scale development ... that the community is clearly very opposed to.”

Ms. Van Olst, while reading several pages of the document made public Tuesday, said she saw many of the suggestions and demands the residents’ group had called for, but saw others that were not present. While the board addressed all of the evening’s other business, and then waited for an additional half hour, Mr. Collins met with Ms. Van Olst and Southampton Village resident Frances Genovese, also an opponent, and went through the scoping document and the list of their demands.

Ms. Genovese said the original document did not call for traffic studies on some of the streets in Southampton Village that could be impacted by shopping center visitors, lacked some of the signage and lighting issues they had raised, and did not include an economic analysis of costs to the village for additional roadwork because of added traffic.

After the impromptu meeting, Mr. Collins came back to the board with a list of amendments to add to the document before it was adopted. They include: a required public access easement through the 7-acre property; requiring traffic studies to be done on two weekdays during the summer instead of just one; making sure the traffic study encompasses Hill Street and all Southampton Village streets running between Hill Street and County Road 39; and requiring any analysis of the property to be compared with the parallel impacts of its proposed development according to current zoning.

The board ordered that the amendments be included.

“We want to know that no stone is unturned here,” Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said, “that everything is being looked at that you want us to look at. This is a big decision for us to make, and we entirely respect that the community wants and should have a role.”

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Nice to see the TB members had a bit of discussion on this, including CPS. As for the scoping document - hem and haw all you want, just be happy the Town actually allowed scoping. It's optional under SEQRA regs - they could have forgone it all together. I'm not saying it's a free pass for them to do whatever they want, but it's not a requirement.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 24, 13 11:44 AM