Sustainable building, dog walking subjects of Huntington Town hearings

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A proposal that would give tax breaks to those who build using sustainable building practices and another that would allow leashed dog walking at more Huntington Town parks and trails will be the subject of a pair of public hearings at tomorrow's town board meeting.

The first resolution seeks to grant real property tax exemptions for construction in the town that meets certification standards under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, or "substantially equivalent rating systems," according to town documents.

"It promotes sustainable building practices, which are good for the environment and good for the people that occupy the buildings," said councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution.

Cuthbertson also sponsored a resolution that seeks to amend town code to allow on-leash dog walking in town-approved locations. The town recently completed a pilot project at Frazer Drive Park in Greenlawn, and now on-leash dog walking is permanently permitted there. The pilot was approved in 2011 after a 17-year-old girl was raped and robbed in a secluded area of the park in 2008.

"That horrific crime was the impetus for a lot of things, including this initiative," Cuthbertson said about the Frazer Drive Park pilot. If the resolution is approved, Cuthbertson said the town's Huntington Trails Committee and the Parks and Recreation Department would be authorized to look at other sites where on-leash dog walking "might make sense."

The hearings will take place during the town board meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. in Town Hall at 100 Main St. in Huntington.

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