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Zoning and land use

Code drafting process was not improper — or unusual — and it is wrong to imply otherwise

by Feb 3, 2024
Zoning changes to accommodate possible development projects are not new or unusual, Supervisor Tim Hubbard says in this guest column. Amendments are "frequently... advanced by some combination of staff members, residents, developers or business owners."

Hubbard, town staff defend developer’s involvement in agri-tourism zoning code proposal

by Feb 2, 2024
Zoning changes to accommodate prospective developments are “not new or unusual,” Supervisor Tim Hubbard said at Thursday's work session, citing as examples the zoning for Tanger Outlets in the 1990s and a hospital overlay district adopted in 2016.

Hubbard: Four of five Town Board members will vote next week to adopt 6-month moratorium on industrial development in Calverton

by Dec 29, 2023
The Riverhead Town Board at its first meeting of the new year is poised to adopt a six-month moratorium on new development of industrially zoned land in Calverton.

Code change to allow resorts on L.I. Sound in Riverhead would protect farmland, town’s rural character, board members tell residents

by Dec 26, 2023
Town Board members last week sought to allay residents' fears about the potential impacts of Sound-front resort development under a proposed zoning code change officials say is intended to protect farmland.

Residents renew objections to special permit for catering facility at Dimon Estate in Jamesport as application is teed up for decision

by Jun 27, 2023
A public hearing on the request to add a catering facility at the former Jamesport Manor Inn was concluded last week by the Town Board, which now must decide how to proceed with the special permit application of property owner Kar-McVeigh.

Riverhead Town Board adopts code aimed at helping owners of undersized lots

by May 20, 2022
Owners of pre-existing lots smaller than the minimum area under current zoning will no longer need variances from the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals for many building additions and reconstructions.

Riverhead officials ponder allowing drive-thru restaurants, coffee shops & cafés in Wading River

by May 12, 2022
The town board is considering eliminating the town's longtime ban against drive-thru restaurants on Route 25A in Wading River.

Riverhead Town sets dates for first round of comprehensive plan hamlet meetings

by Sep 3, 2021
Riverhead Town has scheduled four community meetings this month to gather public input about the future of each of the town's hamlets.

Five-story, mixed-use building proposed for long-blighted corner near Riverhead court complex

by Jul 1, 2021
The multimillion-dollar development proposal, by far the biggest private investment in a blighted area the town has struggled to revitalize for decades, is the first major project to come before the town board under the Railroad Avenue Overlay District adopted by the board in January.

A 17-year legal battle over the 2003 comprehensive plan comes to an end

by Feb 4, 2021
Calverton Manor and the Town of Riverhead have signed a stipulation discontinuing the two lawsuits brought by the Smithtown developer in an effort to overturn the town's 2003 comprehensive plan and the zoning adopted to implement it.