An effort almost two decades in the making is coming to fruition for the East Patchogue community. The Brookhaven Town board will vote on creating an overlay district for the Montauk Highway …
An effort almost two decades in the making is coming to fruition for the East Patchogue community. The Brookhaven Town board will vote on creating an overlay district for the Montauk Highway corridor in East Patchogue.
“As the municipality with the most control over land use, the Town of Brookhaven must clearly and decisively let investors and residents know we have prioritized the redevelopment of this corridor and will commit to its success,” wrote then-councilman for District 5, Timothy Mazzei, in the 2010 revitalization plan for the East Patchogue corri- dor. “Our message is clear and predictable: The Town will commit to incentives; including job and redevelopment incentives — expedited approvals, preferential variances and clear guidance — that would pre- clude reactive opposition to well-con- ceived redevelopment plans.”
The overlay district, up for a vote at the town board meeting on Thursday, March 12, would create new standards for development within its boundaries. Councilman Neil Foley picked up the effort when he took office in 2014, and he has been working with community leaders to estab- lish the best path forward for redevelopment.
“We’ve created an environment that is very appealing to developers,” Foley told the Advance.
The district will be split into two zones: A and B. Zone A encompasses properties along Montauk Highway between Bay Avenue and Evergreen Avenue. And Zone B runs between Case Avenue on the North to Conk- lin Avenue and Washington Avenue. Zone A allows an increased density of 25 units per acre, and Zone B allows 20 units per acre, up from the standard six per acre. Zone A multi-family residences will be able to have up to three stories, and Zone B will be allowed to have up to two stories.
Foley said staff will take comments made by the Suffolk County Planning Commission seriously, which include methods to reduce parking demand and measuring aesthetics with the local community character. He added, as concurred by the commission, that the availability of sewers down this portion of Montauk Highway allowed for this type of development.
“If there were not sewers in East Patchogue, we wouldn‘t even be having this conversation,” Foley said.
The overlay district does not change the individual zones but allows the different rules for possible develop- ments.
“This overlay district will be a game-changer for the East Patchogue community,” Foley said.