Town of Huntington May Meeting
The Huntington Town Board held its May 20, 2020 meeting remotely and broadcast meeting audio live, approving various measures to accelerate Huntington’s local economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, designated Bread and Cheese Hollow Road as an historic landmark, approving a farmers market, and scheduled public hearings for the June 16 and July 21 Town Board meetings.
COVID-19 RESPONSE & ECONOMIC RECOVERY
“We have had a continuous dialogue with local business leaders and small business owners on how to safely reopen business in the Town of Huntington within the New York State guidelines and we have now formalized that collaboration with the establishment of the Huntington Small Business Economic Recovery Task Force, which will ensure the small business perspective is well-represented and all ideas are vetted by the small business engine of our community,” stated Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who sponsored the resolution to create the Task Force.
The Town Board took action to accelerate our local economic recovery and seasonal summer reopening plan:
The Town is testing technology to be used for remotely-held public hearings, via call-in and/or video conferencing. Instructions on signing up to speak at the public hearings will be published on the Town website two weeks prior to the hearing date; if the Town determines the use of this technology is not feasible to conduct the public hearings, the scheduled public hearings will be postponed until the public can easily participate.
The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for the Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Town Board meeting at 2:00 PM to consider:
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter A202 (Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations); requiring traffic impact analysis; sewer and system capacity impact analysis in the Huntington Sewer District, including signoff by the Departments of Environmental Waste Management and the Department of Planning and Environment; compliance with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan; requiring the Historic Preservation Commission to advise the Planning Board with architectural review for certain projects and any type of demolition; architectural guidelines to ensure a building’s design is consistent with its location; requiring the height and setback of the building to be similar to that of surrounding buildings and for design to complement existing neighborhood aesthetics. This public hearing will be held simultaneously with the public hearing on revised changes to C-6 Zoning regulating mixed-use development in the Huntington Village area and anywhere zoned C-6 in the Town, based on input gathered from the public during and after the October 16, 2019 public hearing: increasing the required parking to be provided on-site from 1 parking space per apartment to 1.5 spaces per studio or one-bedroom apartment plus 0.5 spaces per additional bedroom; eliminating the previously proposed Floor-Area Ratio (FAR) method of calculating density limits; creating a new density limit on new construction or projects expanding the footprint of existing buildings, by requiring the combined square footage of upper floors not exceed 150% of the first floor.
The Town Board scheduled public hearings for the Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM to consider:
- Amending the Uniform Traffic Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 2, Article IV, §2-7, Schedule G. Re: Dickinson Avenue – East Northport – Stop Sign; to remove a stop sign for westbound traffic on Dickinson Avenue in East Northport at the intersection at Elwood Road, where a newly installed traffic signal exists.
- Amending the Code of the Town of Huntington, Chapter 87 (Building Construction), Article VI (Administration and Enforcement); to eliminate imprisonment as a punishment option for less serious criminal offenses of the Town Building Code to relieve the onerous discovery burden placed on the Town Attorney’s office by 2019 changes to the New York State criminal discovery procedure, creating a punishment scale for Building Code violations commensurate with the seriousness of the offense charged; more serious Building Code violations would continue to be designated as misdemeanors carrying a possibility of imprisonment in addition to the imposition of a fine.