The site of the proposed Ostad industrial subdivision in Calverton.

The environmental impact statement for a proposed 131-acre industrial subdivision in Calverton will be the subject of a public “scoping” hearing before the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday evening at Riverhead Town Hall.

Public comments are sought on a draft document, called a “scoping statement,” that will dictate the nature and scope of environmental review of the proposed subdivision.

Review draft scoping statement below.

The site is located on Middle Country Road immediately west of Splish Splash Water Park, opposite the lavender farm, and extends south to the Long Island Expressway. Access to the site would be from Middle Country Road.

Approximately 86 acres of the site is an active sod farm. There is also an undeveloped wooded area in the southeast corner of the property.

The Riverhead Planning Board in November classified the application as a Type I action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, requiring mandatory coordinated review among involved agencies pursuant to SEQR.

On Feb. 3 the planning board assumed lead agency for purposes of the review and declared the proposed action may have a significant potential adverse impact on the health, welfare and the surrounding environment, and issued a positive declaration under SEQR, requiring the preparation of draft environmental impact statement. The planning board directed the applicant to prepare a draft scoping statement for the environmental impact statement.

The draft scoping statement was prepared by VHB Engineering and Design consultants on behalf of the applicant.

The applicant, Bagatelle Associates of East Hills, has submitted three conceptual subdivision layouts to the town as required by town code.

The applicant has identified as its preferred alternative a subdivision containing three proposed industrial use building lots (19.48± acres, 41.60± acres and 44.74± acres), as well as one lot (4.73± acres) allocated for future development of a sewage treatment plant and one lot dedicated to open space (19.90± acres). The preferred alternative subdivision would retain a half-acre mapped wetland in its existing location.

The proposed lots would be accessed via a network of internal private roadways extending from a new intersection on Middle Country Road, with a secondary emergency access provided onto Middle Country Road. The conceptual subdivision plan also provides for potential future access to the LIE North Service Road right-of-way.

The draft environmental impact statement will evaluate potential significant adverse impacts to: soils, water resources, ecological resources, zoning, land use and community character, community facilities, traffic, air quality, noise, aesthetic resources, cultural resources, and energy and climate change, as set forth in the draft scoping statement.

The DEIS will also evaluate the cumulative impacts of the proposed action and other planning developments in the area, to be identified by the Town of Riverhead.

The applicant will have a traffic impact study prepared. The traffic engineers will collect traffic data in the vicinity of the project site. They will use the data, adjusted to account for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on traffic volumes, and to account for State DOT projected traffic growth rates, along with trip generation estimates for the proposed uses, to assess the traffic impacts of the project.

Slightly fewer than 117 acres of the site is located in the Industrial A zoning use district, while 14 acres on the southern end of the site, adjacent to the Long Island Expressway, is located in the Riverfront Corridor zoning use district.

The property is within the Central Suffolk Special Groundwater Protection Area. It is also located within or adjacent to the Central Suffolk Pine Barrens and the Peconic Bay and Environs Critical Environmental Areas.

The DEIS will also analyze the impacts of four alternatives: (1) no-action; (2) yield map with 38 lots in accordance with existing zoning; (3) single-user under existing Industrial A zoning; and (4) alternative access (access to Long Island Expressway).

The town has hired, at the applicant’s expense, Sam Schwartz, a multidisciplinary consulting firm with special expertise in traffic issues, to assist the planning board with review of the application and the DEIS.

The public can comment on the draft scoping statement during Thursday’s public hearing either in person at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, or via Zoom.

To comment via Zoom, log on at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87821899994?pwd=SDB3eTlvUzNuanNQRjNqZXZQR1VNZz09 or call 1-646 558-8656.

Meeting ID: 878 2189 9994 – Passcode: 850689

The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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