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A proposed self-storage facility on Main Road in Riverhead will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning Board on Dec. 7.

The facility, a two-story, 36,250-square-foot building, will be located on an approximately 3.4-acre property at 61 Main Road, just east of Dari Land Ice Cream.

The Zoning Board of Appeals in May granted a use variance for the self-storage use, which is not an allowed use in the Commercial Residential Campus zoning district where the property is located.

In addition the ZBA also granted the following relief from the dimensional regulations that apply in the Commercial Residential Campus zoning district: lot coverage of 24.88%, where the maximum allowed is 20%; floor area ratio of .4986 where the maximum allowed is .20; lot width is 157.35 feet, where the minimum lot width is 200 feet.

The Planning Board at its Nov. 16 meeting classified the application as an “unlisted” action for purposes of review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and issued a negative declaration, meaning no further environmental review is required because no significant adverse impacts are expected as a result of the proposed development.

During a discussion of the application at the meeting, Planner Matthew Charters told the board the self-storage use is a low-impact use in terms of traffic generation, which is a concern because the stretch of Main Road between County Road 58 and the intersection with County Road 105 is often backed up with eastbound traffic and it’s a very busy roadway in general. For that reason, Charters said he recommends making the exit a right-turn only exit.

Charter also recommended using native plantings rather than the ornamentals shown on the plans.

The proposed site plan complies with or exceeds required front-yard, rear-yard and side-yard setbacks from the site’s lot lines and with maximum height required (35 feet) by the regulations for the CRC district.

The building will be set back 150 feet from the roadway; the minimum front-yard setback is 30 feet, Charters said.

Charters said the planning department has to assess impervious surface coverage. He said he does not believe that will be an issue, but it has to be looked at.

Existing structures on the site — a masonry commercial building, two one-story, single-family dwellings, a garage and a shed — will be demolished, Charters said.

Planning Board members asked about the exterior colors of the proposed building, with Vice Chairperson Ed Densieski cautioning against bright colors since there are residential uses behind the site.

The application is on the Architectural Review Board’s agenda of Nov. 29, Charters said.

The self-storage facility will be operated as an Extra Space Storage facility. Extra Space Storage owns or operates more than 3,500 facilities in 43 states and Washington D.C.

Public hearing set on Sandy Pond Mini-golf expansion

In other action at the Nov. 16 meeting, the Planning Board:

Scheduled a Dec. 7 public hearing on the site plan application of Sandy Pond Mini-Golf. The applicant is seeking to expand an existing nine-hole golf course as an 18-hole mini-golf course.

The Town Board granted a special permit for the expansion on Nov. 9.

Granted a coastal erosion hazard zone permit for a deck on a residence at 876 Sound Shore Road in Jamesport.

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