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Application fees for zoning board of appeals proceedings, land subdivisions and special permits will be going up for the first time in years under proposed code amendments being considered by the Riverhead Town Board.

The board today scheduled public hearings for April 16 on the proposed code revisions.

Application fees for residential use variances from the zoning board of appeals would rise from $150 to $500. Application fees for residential area variances and/or interpretations by the ZBA would increase from $150 to $300.

Application fees for commercial use or area variance applications and/or interpretations will increase from $500 to $1,000, under the proposal.

Special permit application fees for buildings of less than 4,000 square feet would increase from $500 to 1,000. The application fees for larger projects would remain the same at $2,000.

Subdivision application fees would go up significantly — from $50 per lot to $500, plus $200 per lot for a minor subdivision application.

The fee to unmerge two lots is slated to increase from $20 to $500, plus $50 per lot.

Major subdivision application fees will rise from $250 to $500. (The $200 per lot engineering fee will remain the same.)

Fees for an industrial subdivision will rise from $100 to $500, plus $200 per lot at the sketch plan phase. Preliminary plat application fees for industrial subdivisions will rise from $5 to $20 per acre if a sketch plan has been submitted and from $100 to $500, plus $200 per lot if no sketch plan was submitted. Final plat application fees for industrial subdivisions will be the same as those assessed for a preliminary plat, up from $100 plus $5 per acre.

Applicants for industrial subdivisions will also be required to pay increased engineering fees of $500 per lot — up from $100 per lot.

The existing fees have been in place for years — even decades in some cases. For example, the industrial subdivision regulations regarding fees have been in place since 1989.

The hearings will take place at 6 p.m., 6:05 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at Riverhead Town Hall.


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Denise Civiletti
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