The Islip Town Board reserved making a decision on a zone change and special permit for a scrap-metal facility in Brentwood to allow for more time to assess changes outlined by the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
About 40 residents attended the board's change of zone meeting Thursday night.
"We just wanted to make our presence known," Ana Martinez, a co-founder of a neighborhood group that has led efforts to oppose the project, said in an interview. "This buys us more time to go back to the drawing board and figure out how we can keep fighting this."
Kings & Queens Transload LLC of Brentwood would need a change of zone from Industrial 1 to Industrial 2, as well as a special permit to allow for a scrap metal facility. The planning commission voted May 6 to disapprove the changes, citing Islip Town zoning law for Industrial 2 special permits that allows scrap metal processing facilities only if they are not within 500 feet of any residential use or zone. The southeast corner of the property is about 350 feet from a residential zone.
Recommendations, such as a traffic impact analysis, were also included.
A message left for Kings & Queens Transload owner Amy Burbott was not returned.
If the facility is built, as many as 100 trucks carrying 350 tons of metal per day, six days a week, would use residential streets to get to Emjay Boulevard, an industrial roadway, which residents said would create health risks and dangers to neighborhood children who play outside.
The application, submitted by Burbott and received by the Islip Town Planning Department on Jan. 15, has been through several public hearings, including before the Islip Town Planning Board on March 19. That board unanimously recommended approval of the zone change and special permit. The proposal was also the subject of a public hearing before the Islip Town Board on March 26.
In its nine-page decision, the county planning commission expressed concern about a precedent being set for "spot zoning," which they said the approval of this project would create.
The town board has not set a new date to address the application, a town spokeswoman said. The next Islip change of zone meeting is on June 25 at 7:30 p.m.