Legislation

                                          Congratulations Farmingville!

After many months of community discussion and collaboration and with the support and dedication of Councilwoman Connie Kepert and Sustainable Long Island, The Farmingville: Our Vision for Tomorrow, Community Redevelopment Plan FINAL REPORT was successfully accepted by the Brookhaven Town Board last night!

So what does this mean? The Visioning report serves as an advisory document for all future Farmingville development and redevelopment. Most importantly, the report serves as a first step in the future development of a walkable downtown community, igniting both community and business development for Farmingville.  There are exciting plans for enhancing community and commerce in Farmingville.

If you are interested in what the Plan includes, please go to this Brookhaven Town link and get involved:  http://www.brookhaven.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Sg1wFUJ4t8U=&tabid=193&mid=1898If you want to get more involved, join the Farmingville Residents Association and support our future community events! - From Farmingville Rocks

    Farmingville:

Farmingville is a diverse community which has gained national attention in the immigration debate.  It also suffers from a high speed roadway, and a lack of public spaces.  Residents were seeking ways to bring the community together, regain its positive reputation, solve its land use issues and plan for the future, and turned to Councilwoman Kepert for help. 

Ms. Kepert initiated a visioning process in May of 2009, and brought in nationally recognized planner Dan Burton to conduct the Charrette weekend.


Medford Community Visioning Plans for the Future


Medford, NY, March 8, 2010 - On March 3, 2010, Cameron Engineering & Associates, a firm hired by the Town, gathered input which will guide the future of the community of Medford. Councilwoman Connie Kepert, a former civic leader, has been a lead proponent in community participation with the planning of town projects. During the Medford meeting the Councilwoman thanked all the members of the working group and the whole community for dedicating their time, and effort to make Medford a better place to live. “The recommendations of the community will enhance the lives of everyone who lives in the community,” stated Ms. Kepert. “The goal of creating a hamlet center near the railroad station will spur positive economic growth in the community of Medford, a dire need in these difficult economic times,” continued Kepert. Councilwoman Kepert was also delighted to see that children and young people have not been forgotten in this plan. “The goals of making our streets safer for all users by enhancing bicycle and pedestrian amenities, and providing additional positive recreational opportunities for our young people will help make Medford a better place for our children and adults alike. I’m sure that the hard work on this plan will enhance the look, feel, and character of the community of Medford," stated Councilwoman Kepert.

“The Medford Vision Update second public meeting was productive and the participants enthusiastic. Residents, business owners, and community group representatives reviewed draft recommendations prepared by the consultant from previous public input (meetings and survey results). Ten groups 10-15 participants each reviewed proposed improvements for each of the "Opportunity Areas' in Medford as well as the 'Focus Area' around the LIRR station. Did the suggestions reflect what stakeholder wishes? Did they conform to the Vision Statement drafted by the Medford Working Group? The groups recorded their comments for inclusion in the consultant's report, due out this spring,” commented Cameron Engineering and Associates Senior Environmental Analyst David L. Berg, AICP, LEED AP.

Don Seubert, Vice-President of Medford Tax Payers and Civic Association, has been involved in many community planning projects. “If we can preserve some of the remaining open space and the historic structures, we will better understand our past and provide ourselves a view to our future, in order to make it a desirable community where our grand children can live. The goal of the visioning is to make it desirable for our business people and all residents, and we hope to create a historic center which will create community pride,” said Medford Tax Payers and Civic Association Vice-President Don Seubert.
     

Bellport Visioning

In North Bellport, Councilwoman Connie Kepert is working with community groups and the planning organization Sustainable Long Island to bring about a long-overdue revitalization of an area characterized by poverty and a high crime rate.  Councilwoman Kepert has worked to fund a visioning process which allowed the community to determine its own future.

The Town of Brookhaven contributed $50,000 to the visioning process, as well as authored a Quality Communities Grant from which they were awarded $80,000 from New York State. Ms. Kepert also fought hard for $75,000 penalty from warehouse operator Quality King to be used to help implement the visioning process. Kepert said input from residents “turns the planning process on its head.”

“Rather than having the community react to proposals of developers, the community can develop its own vision for the future,” stated Councilwoman Kepert.  The town is working with the Greater Bellport Coalition which represents a broad cross-section of the community including representatives from the school board, BOCES, chamber of commerce, civic associations, library, county, town, fire district, retirees, and other local groups. 

Reducing Sprawl along Middle Country Road Corridor

On July 31st 2007 as a result of Councilwoman's Kepert's leadership, the Town Board adopted the up-zoning, or rezoning to more restrictive uses of  nearly 2000 acres of property located within the transitional zone, or areas between the centers. 


In order to accomplish our goals of decreasing congestion, while enhancing safety and preserving important parcels of open space, the Middle Country Road Plan balanced the creation of two pedestrian oriented village centers through a series of up-zonings.  Preliminary calculations demonstrate that these up-zonings will result in an impressive reduction in sprawl and strip commercial development, while creating vibrant, pedestrian friendly mixed use centers. 


Creating Pedestrian Oriented Villages Rezonings

In April of 2009 the Town Board rezoned a critical parcel to Multi-family and Main Street Business. This is an exciting time for the people who live along the route 25 corridor.   We have taken the first steps in transforming an entire corridor, from one characterized by haphazard strip development, to one characterized by vibrant mixed use pedestrian oriented development.


The Adoption of the Middle Country Road Land Use Plan


Middle Country Road Land Use Plan represents an effort to change the way development occurs in central Brookhaven. The people of Middle Island and Coram stated that they wanted to stop the destruction of our sensitive lands,  create a downtown with public spaces,

shops, and houses.  A town with a center similar to the traditional towns on Long Island such as Port Jefferson, Northport, Bellport, and Patchogue. 


In April of 2006 Councilwoman Kepert took the first step in transforming that vision into a reality with the adoption of the Middle Country Road Land Use Plan.  The Town Board followed that step with the creation of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement, and Supplemental Impact Statements for specific proposals.  On July 31st the Town Board approved the upzoning, or rezoning to more restrictive uses of property located within the transitional zone, or areas between the centers. 


These are exciting times for the people who live along the route 25 corridor, a corridor which was once forgotten by the town.   Councilwoman Kepert has taken the first steps in transforming an entire corridor, from one characterized by haphazard  strip development to one characterized by vibrant mixed use pedestrian oriented development.


Middle Country Road Land Use Plan


Gordon Heights Visioning


Gordon Heights is a proud African American Community.  “The people of Gordon Heights have demonstrated their long tradition of pride and community spirit by coming out in force to let myself, the Supervisor, and other town officials know what they what for the future of their community,” stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert.


The community of Gordon Heights has clearly stated that it wants the creation of a neighborhood center, a multi-use community center, and public spaces which welcome all age groups and segments of the community, as well as, better lighting, safer streets, improved public transportation and affordable housing.  


Connie Kepert has actively supported this important effort by securing Town funding.   The Town Of Brookhaven dedicated $25,000 to conduct the visioning process, and applied for, and received a Quality Communities Grant for $144,000.  “This grant will enable us to implement the next steps needed to transform the community’s vision into a reality,” stated Kepert. 


An eighteen months Community Visioning process that identified a wide range of initiatives and enhancements needed to revitalize the community for the coming decades. That effort resulted in the award of a NYS Quality Communities Grant to fund the next phase of the planning process encompassing implementation strategies.


THE VISION

The community identified the need for a new mixed-use, Downtown Neighborhood Center to serve as a focal point and magnate for both community members and neighboring communities. As envisioned, the Neighborhood Center would include the following components: a Village Green and Community Center; retail space for a bank, Post Office and local stores affording residents the opportunity to shop and open businesses in their own community; “starter” apartments over stores for young people and new entrepreneurs; and, a range of affordable housing options for community residents, including seniors, single mothers, and families. The new Downtown would be designed to concentrate development, reduce sprawl, and help provide a sense of place and increased pride in the community. 


The close proximity of the Overton Preserve, which includes approximately 250-acres of privately held parcels, provides opportunities for Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) to the new envisioned Downtown, as well as protection of this critical nature preserve for future generations. 


The Visioning identified a wide range of additional desired community enhancements.  These included: community lighting and sidewalks; possible expansion of housing opportunities utilizing existing housing stock (i.e. granny flats and rehabilitation of abandoned /dilapidated housing); improved public transportation, especially to community amenities like libraries; street extensions to improve connectivity, and drainage improvements; design improvements for existing commercial development

along NYS Route 25; and the need for possible zoning and code amendments to facilitate implementation of Visioning recommendations.  The Town is now engaged in a Land Use Plan to develop strategies to implement the community’s vision.