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Hubbard: Moratorium proposals on hold until after the new year, when new board is in place

by Nov 22, 2023
With the absence of one of the two board members willing to vote for an industrial moratorium, and the holidays coming up, Council Member Tim Hubbard said Wednesday he will wait till after the new year to put the moratorium proposals on the board's agenda, "when I have guaranteed support for them."

Vote on industrial development and battery energy storage moratoriums put off until Nov. 21

by Nov 15, 2023
A much-anticipated vote on two moratorium measures sought by residents and introduced by Council Member Tim Hubbard but resisted by a reluctant board majority was did not take place last week.

Suffolk County Planning Commission rejects Riverhead’s 6-month industrial moratorium, OKs a 3-month pause, over town’s objections

by Nov 2, 2023
Riverhead's proposed 6-month moratorium on industrial development hit a snag yesterday when the Suffolk County Planning Commission rejected it, authorizing a 3-month moratorium instead. Overriding the commission requires four votes — unlikely for an already-divided Town Board.

Riverhead residents turn out in force to support industrial and battery storage moratoriums at Town Board hearings this week

by Oct 19, 2023
Members of the Riverhead Town Board got an earful from frustrated residents advocating for moratoriums on industrial development and battery energy storage systems at Tuesday night's meeting.

Public hearings for battery storage and industrial moratoriums scheduled for Tuesday

by Sep 28, 2023
The Riverhead Town Board will hold public hearings on two moratorium proposals — one on industrial development in Calverton and another on commercial battery energy storage facilities town-wide — starting on Tuesday.

Battery storage and Calverton industrial moratoriums have majority support, Hubbard says

by Sep 21, 2023
Moratoriums on industrial development in Calverton and commercial battery energy storage facilities town-wide have the support of a majority of the Riverhead Town Board, Council Member Tim Hubbard said today.

Are Hubbard’s moratorium proposals dead on arrival? They lack clear support from a majority of Town Board.

by Sep 15, 2023
Facing opposition from Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and skepticism from the rest of the board, Council Member Tim Hubbard's proposals for moratoriums on industrial development in Calverton and BESS facilities saw no clear path to even a public hearing after he presented the proposals Thursday.

This is Riverhead’s last chance to get it right

by Jan 13, 2023
Riverhead Town's natural resources and community character are being erased by unplanned development. It's time for our leaders to take action and implement sustainable development practices before it's too late. Opinion column by Bob DeLuca of Group for the East End.

The Town Board said no to a hearing on an important topic of major concern to hundreds of residents. Whose...

by Jan 8, 2023
"I don't owe you an explanation," the supervisor barked in response to a constituent's question. The outsized influence of the development crowd and the diminished influence of ordinary citizens in Riverhead were on vivid display at the last Town Board meeting. How did it get this way and why? RiverheadLOCAL editorial.

A split Town Board refuses to hold hearing on proposed industrial moratorium in Calverton

by Jan 4, 2023
A split Town Board on Wednesday declined to schedule a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on industrial development in Calverton, with a majority turning their backs on Calverton residents who have turned out in force to press the board to hit the brakes on development in the hamlet.