Owl Hill Update
The Planning Department has advised that the Town has officially signed the contract required by the State in order for the Town to secure the $500,000 preservation grant that it was awarded by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the acquisition of acreage at the Owl Hill Site. The Town has commissioned an appraiser to value the property for the purpose of determining a fair market value per acre. We will keep the community apprised of further developments.
As a note to our members: If you or any person or company that you do business with requires additional sewer flow rights in order to expand a business in Smithtown or Suffolk County, please contact the FSA so we can put you in touch with the parties who are in charge of the TDR Programs (Transfer of Development Rights) in our area. As reported in several of our prior newsletters, the local TDR programs allow commercial property owners to expand their business in exchange for their purchasing development right credits (aka density flow rights) from undeveloped land, resulting in the preservation of that lot in perpetuity. In short, these TDR programs offer us the opportunity to preserve and protect more acreage in our beloved hamlet – – let’s take advantage!
Get in touch with your local historical society and learn about the rich history of the area that we live in. There are always fun and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy. Read More
The Town of Smithtown is inviting residents to share their opinions on the Comprehensive Plan Update with a brief survey at:
Even if you’re on the Huntington side of Fort Salonga, this survey is for you, too! Take a few minutes to share your views on the town’s parks, roads, development, and more. The deadline is Friday, July 15.
Topics of interest for Fort Salonga include the potential for a Long Island Railroad spur or railyard on Old Northport Road, expansion of industrial activity in the Kings Park Industrial Park off of Townline Road, and land preservation.
You can also send comments direct to the Smithtown Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to review the details of the Plan Update? Visit the Town of Smithtown’s website athttp://www.smithtownny.gov/ComprehensivePlan.
This is about the future of Fort Salonga and Smithtown – the future of your community!
Make your voice heard.
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This year marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Smithtown and we all know the famous story of John Smith riding his bull Whisper to establish the borders of the town. While this story may be a stretch and maybe there never was a real bull, we do have a sculptor’s impression on 25A in Smithtown.
The Fort Salonga Association has joined the chorus of concern expressed by residents and civic associations throughout the town in opposition to the proposed Uplands development.
The proposal by the Society of St. Johnland is to construct almost 200 units designated for senior housing and a four-story parking garage on 50 pristine acres of pond and forest, of which only 21 are likely available for development. This concerns us because of the significant number of zoning changes required to advance the project. Years ago the Town of Smithtown wisely protected this environmentally sensitive parcel, designating it for one acre residential development only.
Residents have reached out to the Association to express concerns regarding the speeding on Bread and Cheese Hollow Road. While the accident rate has declined from when it was nicknamed “Brake and Crash Road,” speeding remains a community concern. The recent repaving of Townline Road has created a smooth glidepath into Bread and Cheese, while the VA expansion and widening of Pulaski Road will contribute additional traffic.