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The location of the next week’s community forum on downtown design has been changed to the Riverhead Town Human Resource/Senior Center on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue.

The Nov. 14 forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short presentation followed by breakout groups to discuss specific topics, the supervisor’s office said in a press release yesterday.

The forum will be led by the planning consulting firm Urban Design Associates, which was hired by the town board to develop a pattern book for downtown.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based planning firm will develop design strategies around building consensus through a community planning process, Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said when she announced the forum last month. Decisions made about the pattern book will be informed by this forum, so community participation is key to the success of creating the pattern book, Jens-Smith said.

All residents are urged to attend and participate in the forum. The supervisor’s office requests that residents interested in attending rsvp by email to the town board coordinator.

The supervisor’s office did not provide a reason for the change in location from town hall to the Aquebogue center, but Nov. 14 is also a regularly scheduled meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals, which also begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place in the town hall meeting room.

Jens-Smith said this morning town hall could not accommodate the break-out groups the planners will utilize for the forum, so the location had to be changed.

Editor’s note: This article was updated after publication with additional information about the reason for the change in venue provided by the supervisor.

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