Here in Riverhead, what we lack in foresight, we make up for in hindsight. This is a problem.
Foresight is hunting in advance, planning properly, studying the particulars from each individual angle to stay away from mistakes relocating forward. Foresight is what we could have if, in its place of speedy-tracking the most recent high-increase condominium projects, the city board majority would in its place decide on to query, examine, and desire each and every doable element, in advance of getting one a lot more move ahead.
Hindsight is observing the faults far too late to undo the destruction. Request Mrs. Doroski or the Methodist Church trustees about structural injury from pile-driving from the new five-tale making throughout the road. Inquire any person unable to find a location to park simply because the former town board didn’t consider to have to have sufficient parking for tenants and commercial shoppers in the 100+ condominium advanced.
We need to learn from hindsight. Still the town board vast majority again appears anxious to rubber stamp a superior-increase proposal and overlook the parking wants. The close by municipal whole lot is earmarked to accommodate ‘spillover,’ yet this Railroad Avenue project will most very likely repeat the catastrophe we’ve observed downtown.
The exact town board vast majority seems prepared to fast-track yet another proposed multi-tale setting up, this just one replacing a house constructed in 1939 that sits on a a single-eighth-acre large amount on McDermott Avenue in the shadow of the recently created five-tale constructing. The household is a single of a row of various older single-family members homes on the east facet of McDermott Avenue. McDermott is the only two-way road off Primary Road that provides access to our attractive river. The slender road has no shoulder to accommodate choose-ups, deliveries, taxi services and a lot more for the present five-tale setting up. The flow of targeted traffic on McDermott would be regularly disturbed through the development and following completion of another apartment making on the opposite side of the road.
Our group is voicing loud objections and worries about these two new job proposals as nicely as other folks that threaten to additional alter this city we contact property. However some of all those elected to serve as our town watchdogs are all for going ahead, producing a ‘negative declaration’ that these jobs will have zero effects on our town. That suggests the town board the greater part is agreeing that these new significant-rise flats will have zero effects on parking, on the neighborhoods they’d be altering, no need to have to examine with the sewer district, the fire office about obtain and zero worries about accessing water — even soon after our h2o district warned us of critical limitations.
No disrespect to Riverhead Planning Aide Greg Bergman, who is undertaking the most effective he can. But it’s disturbing that so many sizable initiatives — substantial business photo voltaic amenities and multi-story condominium properties — are becoming deemed ‘zero affect,’ not by an environmental planner but by an aide who is subbing for the head of our planning division — who we know has adequate spare time to moonlight as a developer’s non-public specialist, ironically, as an environmental planner.
When it’s fairly apparent to most of us that “planning aide” and “environmental planner” are distinctly unique work, and involve different training and knowledge according to Civil Services, the supervisor quickly accepts recommendations for negative declarations — occasionally when the section head is not even current, leaving the team member to presume accountability for these big conclusions. You don’t require hindsight to know what a blunder this is.
The comprehensive town board desires to do what they’ve promised and set our city first. They need to factor the effect of construction, mitigate the potential for damage. They need to inquire builders what they’re inclined to add to offset the economic and aesthetic fees of these projects. They require to fulfill with division heads to see what we may be missing or what would be wanted just before jumping ahead.
We need to have foresight. We want to get info, study all facets, and then make smart selections that will be the best for Riverhead. We do not want to keep acquiring to look back to see what we ought to have completed greater, realizing it is too late for something but regrets.
Laura Jens-Smith served as Riverhead town supervisor from 2018 to 2019. She is a member of the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee and now serves as treasurer of the campaign committees of candidates Catherine Kent, who is running for supervisor and Evelyn Hobson, who is operating for council member. She life in Laurel.
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