Riverhead Building and Planning Administrator Jefferson Murphree with a map of the downtown area in November 2019. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Town has announced the dates for the first round of meetings for residents to weigh their input on the update to the town’s comprehensive plan.

Four meetings will be held in-person at the Riverhead Senior Center in Aquebogue and through Zoom beginning at 6 p.m.. The subject of each meeting’s presentation is divided by hamlet.

The meeting dates and focus are as follows:

  • Sept. 13: Aquebogue, Northville, Laurel, Jamesport and South Jamesport
  • Sept. 27: Wading River and Manorville
  • Sept. 28: Calverton and Baiting Hollow
  • Sept. 29: Riverhead Hamlet and Downtown

“The Town’s consultants will explain the community engagement process and then engage attendees in open dialogue to gather comments, questions and concerns from the community,” according to a press release from the Town Supervisor’s Office.

An interactive website with details on the plan’s process was launched by the town earlier last month. The site includes an interactive map and an anonymous survey for the public that will remain open until Nov. 1. Progress on the project was stalled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The town’s planning consulting firm, AKRF, is scheduled to complete their part of the work on the plan by Aug. 21, 2022.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.