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Laura Jens-Smith

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In My Opinion Why Riverhead is still missing the mark on downtown revitalization

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Smart growth is needed. This takes planning and a strong commitment to encourage development that provides a variety of housing types, not just rental apartments.

Opinion How one little word change undid years of work that went into town’s master plan

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Several years after the Town Board adopted the master plan, it quietly changed one word, creating a giant loophole that effectively unraveled the result of years of planning.

Downtown redevelopment: Let’s get this right

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Democratic town board candidates urge care and thoughtfulness moving forward with downtown redevelopment. If we rush and make the wrong choices, they argue, Riverhead will be forced to live with the consequences for many years to come.