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Country Pointe hearing postponed while parties study 500-page report
A specially scheduled Oyster Bay Town hearing regarding a 143-acre residential and commercial development proposed in Plainview and originally set for Monday has been postponed indefinitely, town officials said yesterday.
Residents of the area surrounding the site at Old Country and Round Swamp roads said they need more time to digest a recently released draft environmental impact statement for Country Pointe, which is to have 890 units of multifamily housing and 114,330 square feet of commercial space. About 44 acres are to be dedicated to the town for park and recreational use.
The public notice of completion of the document, nearly 500 pages long, was issued April 9.
Developers are seeking site plan approval, a zoning change and modification of restrictive covenants. Their petition was to be considered at a meeting that town officials had set at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview in the evening so more residents could attend. Officials yesterday had not rescheduled.
“Over the past few weeks, residents in the immediately impacted area of Plainview have reached out to me to request additional time to review the application by Plainview Properties, LLC,” Supervisor John Venditto said in a statement.
Civic leader Carol Meschkow of Plainview said residents were upset that the corresponding document wasn’t released sooner.
“What happens here is going to impact us greatly,” she said. “There are things you cannot mitigate, and this was not enough time to give it a thoughtful review.”
Venditto said the developers agreed to postpone the hearing.
The property belongs to Islanders owner and real estate magnate Charles Wang but is to be developed by the Beechwood Organization.