The Riverhead Planning Board at its Jan 6, 2022 meeting. Video screenshot.

The Riverhead Planning Board’s evening meetings will take place at 6 p.m. rather than 7 p.m., effective with the Feb. 3 meeting.

The planning board meets on the first and third Thursday of the month in the meeting room at Riverhead Town Hall. The board’s meetings have been scheduled to alternated between afternoon and evening start-times, with the first meeting of the month held in the evening and the second meeting held in the afternoon. The afternoon meeting starts at 3 p.m.

The planning board is responsible for land subdivisions and, generally, commercial site plan approvals in the town. Under local law, the town board is responsible for site plan approvals in the town’s designated urban renewal areas: the Enterprise Park at Calverton, downtown and the Railroad Avenue area.

The planning board is a five-member board appointed by the town board to five-year terms. The town board also appoints the planning board’s chairperson and vice chairperson annually.

Members are paid an annual salary of $9,000. The vice chairperson is paid an annual salary of $9,750 and the chairperson is paid an annual salary of $12,000.

Current members of the board are: Joann Waski, chairperson, appointed this year to fill the remainder of the term of Stanley Carey, who retired last month; Edward Densieski, vice chairperson, appointed to the board in 2008, and members Joseph Baier, appointed in 1986, Richard O’Dea, appointed in 1998 and George Nunnaro, appointed in 2015.

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