01/13/15 5:00pm
01/13/2015 5:00 PM
Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

After longtime Planning Board member Lyle Wells expressed surprise and disappointment after being replaced at the beginning of the year, one Town Board member who voted to remove him said Mr. Wells had acted unethically by voting on applications he was also in a position to profit from — a charge Mr. Wells emphatically denies.  (more…)

08/22/14 3:00pm
08/22/2014 3:00 PM
Densieski. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ed Densieski, a former town councilman, spoke against the proposed mixed-use plan for EPCAL. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead Planning Board member and former town councilman Ed Densieski has slammed a plan to split the 2,300-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton into 50 mixed-use lots, saying the proposal would only lead to the site being turned into a residential area.  (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am
07/11/2014 10:00 AM
The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Twenty-seven new homes are being proposed for Youngs Avenue in Calverton, right next to the town landfill.

The preliminary subdivision application calls for residential lots averaging 30,000 square feet and two large areas of open space on a 51-acre site immediately west of the Riverhead Town landfill, which is no longer used for that purpose.  (more…)

03/09/14 7:30am
03/09/2014 7:30 AM
A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

The Riverhead Town Planning Board once again postponed making a decision on Guddha LLC’s proposal to build a 24-seat, 3,200-square-foot restaurant on a .03 acre sliver of land on Route 58  in between Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.   (more…)

02/20/14 10:56am
02/20/2014 10:56 AM
The entrance to Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead. (Barbaraellen Koch)

The entrance to Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead. (Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Planning Board is scheduled to discuss today Farm Country Kitchen’s plans to have offsite parking.

The Riverhead Town Board took the popular West Main Street eatery to court in 2011, claiming it had a certificate of occupancy only for a take-out deli and had expanded illegally into a full-service restaurant. One of the town’s complaints dealt with the lack of parking at the site, located on the south side of busy West Main Street.

That case is still pending, but one step restaurant owners Tom and Maria Carson took to rectify that issue was the purchase of a .70 acre parcel on the west side of Swezey Avenue, just south of the railroad tracks, to serve as off-site parking. The lot already has a paved parking lot.

Town planning and building administrator Jeff Murphree said the issue is merely on the Planning Board agenda for discussion today at 3 p.m. The applicant will likely need a Zoning Board of Appeals variance too, he said, since the lot they bought is 243 feet from the main building and the Town Code only allows off-site parking within 200 feet of a business.

• The Planning Board may also make a decision on Guddha Co. LLC’s application to put a 24-seat, 3,200 square foot fast food restaurant on a .3 acre parcel next to Taco Bell on the northwest corner of Harrison Avenue and Route 58. 

The board voted  to table its decision on the application for two weeks a month ago, after it became clear the vote would be tied, since one member was out. At its meeting two weeks ago, the board again tabled the vote for two weeks because newly appointed Planning Board member Stan Carey wanted to get more information before voting.