McKeown sisters at Beaver Dam Creek and South Country road

Brookhaven & South Haven Hamlets

Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York

Brookhaven/South Haven Hamlets Study

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Since then, VID has been operating as a wood and concrete recycling company. However, in 1993, despite overwhelming community opposition, VID was granted a special permit to operate a transfer station. Immediately, homeowners living near VID Industries, later joined by the Brookhaven Town Board, sued the BZA to revoke this special permit on the grounds that the BZA did not properly adhere to the Town’s land use guidelines. Although the residents won in State Supreme Court, VID is currently appealing the decision.

We are very concerned about the outcome of the Appellate Court’s decision in this case. Despite the Town’s recent effort to move transfer stations from Ll to L2, and its consideration in creating a special T-District zoning category, if VID wins its appeal it will be grandfathered into the old zoning category, and we most likely will have a transfer station in our community. And, with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision preventing towns from restricting garbage flow, the VID operation could supplant the landfill as our community’s biggest problem.

3. Town of Brookhaven Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

In response to the federal government’s 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act, New York State issued a Waterfront Revitalization Program, which mandates 44 policy statements that must be followed if the local municipalities decide to adopt their own LWRP (municipalities with coastal shoreline may develop their own waterfront revitalization program in accordance with State requirements).

Brookhaven’s draft environmental impact statement on the LWRP outlines eight Local Implementation Districts, (although this hamlet study is concerned mostly with the southern portion of LID II), and offers suggestions specific to each in terms of land use – which areas should be targeted for open space, housing and business – rezoning recommendations and environmentally sensitive land to be purchased. According to page ix of the report: "Once the Town of Brookhaven has a State-approved LWRP, the town’s LWRP will replace the State Coastal Management Program.... All future actions at all levels of government will be guided solely by the Brookhaven coastal policies contained in the LWRP."

Stated on page v of the DEIS, the Brookhaven LWRP seeks to achieve four goals:

1. The preservation of significant environmental resources and ecological habitats, with priority given to the protection of surface waters and groundwater reserves.

2. Balancing the need for developing additional water-dependent facilities and restoring and/or Improving existing water-dependent uses, with increased concern for environmental protections.

3. Providing additional opportunities for public access to the Brookhaven waterfront, and improving existing facilities and means of access.