The Riverhead Town Board is seeking revisions to a proposed law that would require all new swimming pools to have a pump-out and a minimum storage equal to 20 percent of the pool capacity.
The proposal, discussed at Thursday’s work session, was recommended by the town’s Conservation Advisory Council and initiated by planning and building administrator Jeff Murphree. However, board members said it should be restricted to areas near wetlands and the requirement should be for a drainage ring that is 4 feet by 4 feet. The proposal, which aims to prevent harmful pool chemicals from seeping into groundwater, will be revised and brought back before the Town Board at a future meeting.
The board also sought more information on the effect of potential loopholes in the new reduced parking requirements it recently approved for retail and office buildings. The goal of the amendment was to reduce parking, and therefore clearing of trees, since many of the bigger parking lots along Route 58 are almost never full. But the concern, raised recently by Larry Simms of Save Main Road, was that the amendment, in some cases, will allow developers to build more. There is currently no requirement mandating the area be used for open space.
Board members agreed that this could be a problem in some areas, but asked planning director Rick Hanley to look at specific lots and try to determine the extent of the potential problem.
To read what else was discussed at the work session, click below to read News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s blog of the meeting.
October_24,_2013_-_Agenda(1).pdf by Riverhead News-Review
The Riverhead Town Board adopted resolutions at its board meeting Wednesday to increase the required buffer between large commercial developments and homes to 50 feet for projects over 5,000 square feet and 25 feet for projects under 5,000 square feet. The vote was 4-0 with Councilman John Dunleavy absent. The new buffer requirements come in response to the clear cutting of trees at the Shops at Riverhead on Route 58.
The board also adopted new parking requirements that lessen the amount of parking that shopping centers must build. The move was done to reduce the number of trees that need to be cleared. Larry Simms of South Jamesport, a member of the Save Main Road group, urged the town not to adopt the change until certain loopholes are closed. The board, though, voted 4-0 to adopt the new requirements.
The board also voted 4-0 to require rentals of residences to be for at least 30 days, a move intended to prevent people from renting homes out for a weekend to different groups each week. Officials said they have received complaints about these so-called “party houses.”
Mr. Simms had asked the board to hold off on adopting this proposal as well, saying it had some problems that needed to be addressed first. One example he cited was the fact that the town code limits stays at bed and breakfasts to under 14 days, while this proposal requires stays in residential houses to be at least 29 days.
To read what else happened at the Town Board meeting, click below to read reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog from the meeting.
October 16, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review
October 16, 2013 – Packet by Riverhead News-Review