FSA President Frank Capaccio welcomed over 100 attendees to the FSA Spring Brunch on April 22nd at the Indian Hills Country Club. It was a beautiful spring day, blue skies and balmy temperatures. Everyone enjoyed a delicious brunch, mingled with neighbors and friends and met the politicians who attended the event. Ryan Hild was once again a “masterful” Master of Ceremonies. Many came to meet and hear Supervisor Ed Wehrheim and Supervisor Chad Lupinacci speak and they were not disappointed. The common theme by both Supervisors was change and transparency.
The Fort Salonga community is very interested in the proposed cluster development at Indian Hills Country Club. Can you update us on this issue?
It is our understanding that the applicant intends to withdrawn his request for a zone change on this property and will pursue an as of right cluster development via the Town Law Section 278. Essentially the applicant will pursue a development that is similar to the conceptual plan submitted with the Zone Change application. However the yield will be determined by the number of homes that can be achieved via a standard R-40 subdivision. It is anticipated that the Planning Board will require many of the same open space benefits offered in the prior plan, including the preservation of the golf course. It is expected that the Planning Board will issue a positive determination and a full EIS will be required to comply with SEQRA.
The Town of Huntington Planning Board will include a discussion on the “Preserve at Indian Hills,” the proposed development on the site of the Indian Hills Country Club, at its meeting on Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m., at Huntington Town Hall.
The Fort Salonga Association will have a representative at the meeting, although this type of meeting typically does not allow for comment by members of the community.
Here is a copy of the letter sent by Fort Salonga Association Frank Capaccio to Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone announcing the FSA’s vote in favor of cluster zoning for the Indian Hills Country Club:
Dear Supervisor Petrone,
The proposal to rezone the Indian Hills golf course has generated a great deal of controversy in our community. Recognizing the significance of this decision to the future of Fort Salonga our association has reviewed the application considering all the implications. We have met repeatedly with residents and the builder and also solicited input from the community at large. After careful consideration it is the considered opinion of the majority of our board of directors to support the rezoning application. This is supported by the majority of our 2,500 residents based on the emails we have received over the past several months. Read More
The FSA continues to explore the issues raised by the Northwind Group’s development proposal for the Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) property.
In short, the Northwind Group wants to take advantage of a Town of Huntington code that allows large recreational-use properties to be converted from R40 zoning—which in Fort Salonga typically means minimum one-acre for residential use—to cluster zoning. You can review this part of the code at ecode360.com/14315622. This change generally allows construction of clusters of homes in portions of the large recreational-use property while the rest of the property is designated a preserve in perpetuity. At the time of a zoning change, a conservation easement would be established that would be very difficult for anyone to change in the future. You can learn more about the Northwind Group’s preliminary plans at its website at http://northwindgroup.com/preserve-indian-hills/.