The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

Planning Board Meeting and Preserve at Indian Hills

From the Town of Huntington website, posted June 17, 2019:
The Preserve at Indian Hills DEIS Not on June 19 Planning Board Agenda

The Huntington Planning Board will not be accepting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for The Preserve at Indian Hills at their June 19 meeting.

The Town’s Planning Department has not received the revised DEIS from the applicant in time to be reviewed for the June 19 meeting. The DEIS was expected to be on the agenda for the June 19 Planning Board meeting after it was pulled from the June 5 meeting agenda but in the absence of the receipt of a revised DEIS, consideration of the DEIS cannot occur at the June 19 Planning Board meeting.

Town Planning Department staff had requested additional information that had been identified in the Project Scoping but was not adequately covered in the proposed DEIS. The additional information sought is primarily in the areas of natural environmental resources, water and air resources, ecological resources and community-related character and services.

The article continues at the Town of Huntington website.

Preserve at Indian Hills Update

6/5/2019 – Planning Board Not Accepting DEIS for The Preserve at Indian Hills at Today’s Meeting

Huntington – The Huntington Planning Board will not be accepting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for The Preserve at Indian Hills at today’s meeting.

Town Planning Department staff has requested additional information that had been identified in the Project Scoping but was not adequately covered in the proposed DEIS. The additional information sought is primarily in the areas of natural environmental resources, water and air resources, ecological resources and community-related character and services.

The DEIS is expected to be on the agenda for the June 19 Planning Board meeting.

The DEIS was prepared by Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC and submitted to the Town of Huntington Department of Planning and Environment on April 17, 2019.

The Planning Board was scheduled to determine, at their June 5 meeting, whether to accept the DEIS as adequate for public review in terms of scope and content, or return the DEIS to Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC with a written identification of the deficiencies.

On August 16, 2018, the Town of Huntington released The Preserve at Indian Hills Draft Scope submitted by the applicant for a public review and comment period, which ended Monday, September 17, 2018. During the public comment period on the Draft Scope, residents were encouraged to suggest any additional information pertinent to the The Preserve at Indian Hills project.

The Planning Board passed a resolution regarding The Preserve at Indian Hills at its August 8, 2018 meeting, declaring itself the lead agency for SEQRA review; issuing a Positive Declaration, citing a significant environmental impact with the proposed plan for 98 residences and a clubhouse for the Fort Salonga golf course development, requiring the applicant to provide a detailed environmental impact statement (DEIS); and requiring the applicant to submit a draft scope of topics for analysis, including impact on water quality, traffic and other issues.

The resolution adopted by the Planning Board on August 8 was sent to all involved agencies on August 14. A Draft Scope was received from the applicant on August 14 and the Town provided the document to the involved agencies and concerned members of the Fort Salonga Property Owners Association on August 15. The Town has 60 days from the receipt of the Draft Scope to provide a copy of it to all involved agencies until it is adopted.

The Preserve at Indian Hills Draft Scope document can be viewed on the Town’s website under the Planning & Environment Department page, under Site Specific Plans, Reports & Studies (select Senior Living Projects or Residential Projects). The Draft Scope assists the Town of Huntington Planning Board in evaluating the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Smithtown Master Plan

The Town of Smithtown is in the process of launching its Comprehensive Plan to shape the physical, social, environmental, and economic future of the Town. It will serve as a guide for the development of the community by providing a framework for preserving the Town’s character and appearance, ensuring its diversity, supporting investment, and promoting desired change. It also provides the legal basis for control over future development, land use planning policy, and zoning changes

Toward this end, the Town held several public meetings in each hamlet of Smithtown during March and April to spread the word and elicit residents’ thoughts and ideas on topics such as transportation, parking, environment, land use, community facilities and parks, and historic preservation. Among those present and available to answer questions and concerns were Supervisor Wehrheim, Councilman Tom Lohmann, Planning Director Peter Hans, and representatives from the engineering and architectural firm of H2M. 

Topics of particular interest to the FSA included the third Dejana property on the corner of Townline and Pulaski Roads, repair of Bread and Cheese Hollow Road, and the proposed Indoor Organic Waste Facility on a 64-acre site on Old Northport Road in Kings Park. Residents of Fort Salonga must remain involved and vigilant on these issues and others (like the Kings Park sewer project) as Smithtown finalizes its Master Plan.

FSA New Address

The new address for the Fort

Salonga Association is:

1019 Fort Salonga Rd

Ste 10 #170

Fort Salonga, NY 11768

Spring 2019 Egg Hunt

SPRING EGG HUNT A WASHOUT

Unfortunately, the bunnies were not kind to us this year. Both the April 13th egg hunt date, and the April 20th egg hunt rain date were rained out! The forecast for both Saturdays was not good, and in fact the “rain date” turned out to be torrential rain. It truly was a “rain date!” This is the first time ever that the FSA Spring Egg Hunt had to be cancelled all together. But in the end, the candy that would have been collected by eager Fort Salonga children was donated to the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Bronx Division, a favorite charity of our president, Frank Capaccio. It’s good to know that needy children will get to enjoy the candy.

Spring 2019 Brunch Donors

Many thanks to the following local merchants/donors who generously donated services or gifts for our annual Spring Brunch:

RAFFLE PRIZES:
1st Prize: $450 package includes:
Del Vino Vineyards private wine tasting for 4 guests paired with Vineyard menu hosted by owner/winemaker Fred Giachetti
Echo dot courtesy of Clayton Funeral Home
2nd Prize: $350 package includes:
2 tickets to the Engemann Theatre
$100 gift card, courtesy of Signature Premier Properties
$100 gift certificate, courtesy of the UPS store #4712
3rd Prize:
$300 package includes:
Energy Fitness-1 month membership, 2 personal training sessions, plus 2 energy training sessions
$100 gift card, courtesy of IGA Market

DOOR PRIZES:
Fort Salonga Hair and Nails-1 free manicure
USA Service Station-1 free oil change
Bagel Café-4 certificates for 1 dozen bagels each
Relish Restaurant 8 $10 gift cards
Sweet Mama’s Restaurant-$20 gift card
Bob’s Canoe Rental-2 free canoe rides
Coupon for free car wash for all brunch attendees from Larkfield Car Wash-courtesy of Director Angelo Buffolino
Fort Salonga Wines-2 cases of wine
Bottle Bargains-$25 gift card
Gold’s Gym-1 month membership

Bread and Cheese Hollow Road

BREAD AND CHEESE HOLLOW RD UPDATE

Director Keith Macartney reported that he spoke with Liz
Torres of SCDPW and learned the following:
B & C Rd is to be repaired and widened to the following specs:
12 ft lanes in each direction
5 ft shoulder in each direction
Repair/replace current curbing to full depth
Work to start at Pulaski Rd and proceed north as far as funds allow
Work will be done in stages (years) as funds allow
Keith then spoke to Rob Trotta and he confirmed what Liz Torres said. He also said that the road may be widened 2-3 feet in areas in order to facilitate better drainage.
National Grid: According to TV advertisements, Nation Grid/PSEG wants to propose a moratorium on any new installation of gas lines in New York
Towns of Huntington/Smithtown: as we know, Smithtown is on board with taking the road back. Huntington is in talks with the County to do the same. It is unknown at this point what progress has been made

2019 Spring Newsletter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE SPRING 2019 NL

Spring has come to our beautiful community of Fort Salonga, and with it the Spring activities that we all enjoy. While our annual Egg Hunt was unfortunately cancelled due to rain, the Spring Brunch was the usual success, with a large turnout from the community. Due to the generosity and support of local businesses the door and raffle prizes were enjoyed by the winners. County legislator, Rob Trotta, spoke to the Fort Salonga residents at Indian Hills Country Club about several topics of interest to the residents. (see article inside for more details.) The centerfold features some great pictures from the brunch.

Additionally, inside this issue look for articles on local topics of interest such as the LIPA power plant in Northport, the Smithtown Master Plan, and updates on Brenna Estates and the development at Indian Hills.

You will want to read the next installment of the history of Henry Cartwright Brown, the early Fort Salonga resident who owned Brown’s Best Bricks, and lived in the house which is the current clubhouse of Indian Hills Country Club.

For updates on important issues to the community in-between the quarterly newsletters, check our website at fortsalonga.org and our Facebook page.

Please note that our mailing address has changed to:
Fort Salonga Association
1019 Fort Salonga Rd.
Suite 10 #170
Fort Salonga, NY 11768
Have a wonderful Spring and Summer season.
Warmest Regards,
Frank J. Capaccio, Jr. President

Preserve at Indian Hills

5/3/2019 – June 5: Recently submitted DEIS for the Preserve at Indian Hills to be Considered at Planning Board Meeting.

Huntington – The Preserve at Indian Hills Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), prepared by Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC was submitted to the Town of Huntington Department of Planning and Environment on April 17, 2019.

At their regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the Huntington Planning Board, as lead agency, will determine whether to accept the DEIS as adequate for public review in terms of scope and content, or whether to return the DEIS to Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC with a written identification of the deficiencies.

FSA Egg Hunt Canceled

Unfortunately the 2019 Egg Hunt is canceled for today. The weather just doesn’t want to cooperate this year. There will be no additional make-up date.

The FSA wishes everyone a happy spring season.