Smithtown orders environmental review for Kings Park rezoning proposal

This is Smithtown Town Hall in an undated

This is Smithtown Town Hall in an undated photo. Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

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Smithtown Town Board members have decided that an environmental review is necessary for a zone change request by a controversial Kings Park industrial business that wants to construct single-family homes on its property.

Kings Park Estates LLC, of Medford, asked on behalf of KPE II LLC to rezone about 20.9 acres from light industrial to residential single-family in the northwest corner of Old Northport and Lawrence roads, which would extend the residential zoning already in place on an adjacent 5-acre property that is not developed, planning officials said.

"In order to approve the application, an environmental-impact statement would have to be prepared," said assistant town planner David Flynn.

Environmental impact statements typically include a description of the project and the surrounding area, and measures on how to reduce environmental effects, Flynn added.

Board members voted 4-0 last week, with Councilman Robert Creighton absent, on requiring the review based on recommendations from the town Department of Environment and Waterways.

Smithtown DEW officials said the proposal "may result in the creation of a hazard to human health," because portions of the site were used in for sand mining and other industrial activities, and portions of adjacent lands were used for landfilling, waste handling and waste disposal, according to records obtained by Newsday.

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The proposal also has "the potential to result in a significant increase in the water usage and wastewater generation" and may "result in a substantial loss of existing open space and natural vegetation," the records said.

Vincent J. Trimarco Sr., an attorney for KPE II, said his clients want to begin the review, which may take a year to complete, sooner rather than later.

The town received a temporary restraining order last year against KPE II that halted illegal heavy-industrial activity at the site.

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