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.
THE FORT SALONGA COMMUNITY SALUTES OUR TWO SUPERVISORS
FRANK PETRONE AND PATRICK VECCHIO
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE TOWNS OF HUNTINGTON AND SMITHTOWN. YOU HAVE MADE BOTH TOWNS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.
THE FORT SALONGA ASSOCIATION IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY, AND OUR GOAL OF MAINTAINING AN EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE NOW, AND FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.
After securing $500,000 in State monies and matching that
amount utilizing preservation funds, the Town of Smithtown
contracted to purchase multiple acres at the Owl Hill
site for $1,000,000. After securing an appraisal, the Town
has entered into negotiations with the owners of Owl Hill
to nail down how much acreage will be preserved. Details
are still forthcoming. In addition, news recently broke confirming
that the owners of Owl Hill switched real estate
brokers – relisting the property for sale. If anyone knows
of a Smithtown business that requires the purchase of TDR flow.
The Dejana property on Pulaski Road has begun to clear
the way for their new facility. The FSA has reached out to
the owners requesting a meeting so that we can get a feel
for their plans for their property and discuss the community’s
concerns about the project. In addition, we have recently
learned that the Dejana company has purchased the
vacant site at the corner of Town Line and Pulaski
Roads. No plans to develop the property have been filed,
however, the FSA hopes to discuss the future of this property
with the new owners (Dejana) very soon. As always,
we will keep the community updated.
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!
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.
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.