ABCO COMMENT: The town board meeting scheduled for June 26th includes a move to "Accept" the Draft 25A Mt. Sinai to Wading River Land Use Plan and related DGEIS. A second Town Board meeting scheduled for July 17th will consider the rezonings proposed for the corridor.
Not surprisingly, the town seems to have moved to limit any public comment on the plan until after the Town Council members have already voted to accept the plan and DGEIS. Clearly, it appears that our Council members are less interested in what the communties' concerns with the plan might be before moving it forward... in so choosing to limit the public's opportunites to make meaningful comments before acting to do anything with the plan; how are those concerns to be realistically considered and addressed.
Once again we are faced with what does 'Acceptance" actually mean. The Town usually 'accepts' a plan and often implements the provisions of the plan, but only rarely actually adopts the plan. Accepted Land Use plans have no status under NYS Law. On the contrary, though, an Adopted land use plans is more difficult to deviate from, and requires more votes to do so.
So really? What harm is there in elected officials spending time first to listen and hear from the public. Why implement such a 'draconian' policy now? This sudden change in previous Town Board procedures along with the terse WARNING may herald a new period of even less interaction from the community with its own elected representatives.
The WARNING and full Plan can be viewed by clicking on the below link.
The Following is from the Town's Website: regarding the Mt. Sinai to Wading River Land Use Plan.
"The following document is proposed for acceptance by the Town Board at the Town Board hearing on June 26, 2012. The Town Board shall also consider the acceptance of the DGEIS in connection with this document at that hearing.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO PUBLIC COMMENTS SHALL BE CONSIDERED UNTIL BOTH DOCUMENTS REFERENCED ABOVE HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE TOWN BOARD."