The Town of Riverhead Comprehensive
Plan Survey is now available online for
your input on your ideas and plans to
create your vision for the future
of your town, village or hamlet.
Also, please add your comments to
the interactive map on the site.
Look at how possible
new zoning may affect your area.
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Historic buildings and sites in the RLC zone will be offered an incentive for restoration in an effort by the Landmark Commission to preserve the
Main Road's historical heritage from
Route 105 to the Southold border.
Special permits may be obtained by owners who wish to enlarge their existing buildings for use as professional offices of attorneys, architects,
medical doctors or dentists, as wellness facilities
or as general offices.
In addition, if your house is a Town landmark, or is a property that contributes to the character of a designated Historic District, you can apply for a tax exemption if you’re doing an historic restoration.
The exemption from taxation applies to any increase in your property's value attributable to the alteration or restoration for the first 5 years. Then the percentage of tax exemption decreases 20% yearly for the next 5 years.
We will coordinate with EPCAL Watch to observe actions by the Town and T5 regarding the sale of this precious resource.
A letter has been sent out by EPCAL Watch to the 6,876 plus signers (as of the date of this post) of the EPCAL petition (Read and sign the Petition created by EPCAL Watch: · Riverhead Town Board: Oppose the inclusion of over 1,000 vulnerable acres in the EPCAL property sale @Change.org).
Since its inception, the RNPC has been staunch advocates for preserving the quality of life, the area's rural character and the protection of
the water resources, agricultural areas
and historical sites.
We adamantly disagree with the decision to include these vulnerable 1,050 acres in the current sale at EPCAL. As a collective, we believe that the ten kettle hole lakes and several vernal ponds, the last largest tract of native, undisturbed grasslands in the state along with diverse woodlands that include core Pine Barrens should be protected in perpetuity.
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The RNPC Blog concept was initiated on the RNPC website as a project to increase participation by the member civics and promote outreach to residents and other local civics in the area.
We look forward to involving more of our fellow citizens with participating with the RNPC, an organization that advocates for the community
and their concerns. Our best defense against
over-development and special interests is an engaged and educated public that holds local government accountable.
Everyone is asked to review the current blog for available information and make suggestions for updates, additions or corrections of story content and also, new issues affecting their community.
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"The Supreme Court Case has been adjourned until 11/23/21"
We are pleased to report that on 1/27/21 Riverhead has filed an Article 78 Supreme Court Lawsuit against CMA Mine and the DEC, the lead Agency who allowed a “Negative Declaration” on the
sand mining project.
This lawsuit stops the CMA mining operation from expanding until a Court decision is reached. Riverhead retained the Law Offices of Thomas M. Volz, PLLC, to represent us in this litigation. The first Court date of 3/11/21 has been adjourned until 6/4/21. We will keep you updated as the case progresses. We thank the Town of Riverhead for initiating this litigation. There is nothing more important than protecting our water quality, and we agree with Riverhead that the CMA mining expansion application poses a clear and present threat to our water supply.
We remain very concerned that the NYSDEC would permit a mining operation to excavate into and below the water table immediately adjacent to an abandoned Town landfill Superfund site.
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A bipartisan clean water infrastructure bill passed the Senate 89-2 this spring. The S19 Bill: The Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act would create a $35 billion fund for states
and tribes to improve water systems — 40 percent of which would go to under-served, rural,
and tribal communities.
The legislation would fund projects that address aging infrastructure and improve water quality, remove lead pipes from schools, and update infrastructure to be more resilient to the
impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
The bill, having passed the Senate, will now
move to the House of Representatives.
For more information on the sources of groundwater contamination in certain areas, and the need for the Town, local and state officials to take action now, copy and paste the link below:
We oppose any plans to develop any of these vulnerable 1,000 plus acres that the 2016 Environmental Impact Review determined
as critical, sensitive habitat as per previous
SEQR, DEC and DSGEIS efforts.
The 596.4 acres of grassland and 787.3 acres
of existing woodland should be considered
as “non-developable” at EPCAL. Previously, the
only section of the EPCAL property that had
been marketed was the 600 acres that had been designated for commercial development.
Note the proposed EPCAL subdivision map featured at the top of this column that shows
the potential of the proposed commercial development extending into the grasslands, wetlands and preserved woodlands areas
protected by a 2004 DEC covenant. The
majority of the EPCAL property for many
years has been designated as a planned recreational park for Riverhead residents.
Residents want to know why the Town allowed
this giveaway of our Town's resources
without the knowledge and consent of the taxpaying public.
Let's do all that we can NOW to save these vital 1,000 plus acres of wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds and lakes within the Peconic River
Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System corridor and Pine Barrens at EPCAL!
You can help save these 1,000 plus acres by
joining with 6,876 plus signers (fellow residents)
of this petition at Change.org
We have noted that it is very difficult for many citizens to participate in town decision-making:
New York State's "Open Meetings Law" requires that the public business be performed in
an open and public manner and that the
citizens of this state be fully aware of and able
to observe the performance of public officials
and attend and listen to the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy.
Read more about New York State's
"Open Meetings Law"
by clicking on the link below or go to
the second story on the Initiatives page.
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