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Aug 11, 2010 10:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk County Planning Commission weighs in on Tuckahoe Main Street

Aug 11, 2010 10:41 AM

The Suffolk County Planning Commission has weighed in on a proposal for a planned development district project in Tuckahoe, and its findings were at least partly critical of the proposed project.

In a letter dated July 13 and addressed to Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, the county commission critiqued the specifics of the proposed development and a request for a change of zone. Those comments were accepted into the record by Ms. Schermeyer at a Southampton Town Board meeting on August 10.

Among the feedback, the commission said labeling the requested new zoning at the site as “mixed use” is “dubious,” because only 10 percent of the proposed floor area—or 12 housing units—is dedicated to residential use. The comments note that the application is requesting “an equivalent density of 30 additional single-family dwelling units” at the site beyond what existing zoning would allow, and suggests that increases in density should include some transfer or purchase of development rights to offset the flow.

But the commission also notes that the development’s projected sanitary waste flow has been overstated. The application projects 14,900 gallons of wastewater per day, but the county’s Department of Planning uses calculations that estimate that 10 residential units and approximately 56,192 square feet of commercial space will generate 5,809 gallons per day of wastewater flow.

The project, dubbed “Tuckahoe Main Street” and proposed by developer Robert Morrow, would include a 40,000-square-foot King Kullen, 12 to 13 smaller retail shops, 12 apartments, and a few offices on 12 acres along County Road 39, east of Magee Street in Tuckahoe. It requires a change of zone to the special district, which can be granted only by the Southampton Town Board.

The letter includes other comments about the application, noting that the preservation of natural vegetation and resources are not maximized, that interior landscaping is “deficient,” and that means for storm water runoff treatment and accommodation “appear to be lacking.” Also, the comments criticize a proposed access easement that would connect County Road 39 and Magee Street, noting that vehicle speed and pedestrian circulation patterns may pose problems, and that ways to calm traffic should be further investigated.

Mr. Morrow declined to speak about the county’s comments on Wednesday. “I have not seen these comments and I prefer not to comment until I have a chance to read them and study them,” he said.

Similarly, on Tuesday, Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said she did not have time to fully review the comments.

“I have to say it raised some eyebrows for me,” Ms. Throne-Holst said, after listening to the comments for the first time.

She added that she was not aware such specifics on the application were even available. “They raised some interesting questions,” she said. “They are ones we’ll certainly look at as the process unfolds.”

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Thank you, Suffolk County! Mr. Morrow, we don't want your stinkin' mega-mall!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 11, 10 7:59 PM
Better watch out Suffolk County Planning Commission, the "dubious" Mr. Morrow might try to sue you for libel. Don't let up, folks. Keep calling the board and demand they vote "NO" on Tuckahoe Mega-mall. Let Mr. Morrow take his threats and his community-destroying developments elsewhere!
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Aug 11, 10 8:18 PM
Tell the county to mind their own business, this falls under town jurisdiction!
By Walt (292), Southampton on Aug 14, 10 9:24 PM
It is my understanding that the town brought this to the county for their input. The county has only confirmed what we already know to be true and that is that this planned development is, in a word, "dubious"
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 15, 10 3:34 PM
The Town was required to bring this to the County because it is a PDD (which needs to go before the Planning Commission) and it fronts on a County Rd.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 3, 10 9:37 AM