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Smithtown hearings to focus on zoning changes to planned overlay district in Hauppauge

The Smithtown Town Board plans to consider changing the zoning for a portion of the Hauppauge Industrial Park needed to create an overlay district when it holds two public hearings Thursday.

The overlay district would allow for parking garages, outdoor storage and increases in building height. The proposed changes include narrowing the scope of the boundaries for the overlay district and changing properties now zoned as light industrial to overlay in those areas, Elaine Learnard, principal planner in the town planning department, said Wednesday.

In a May 15 memo to the town board, assistant town planning director David Flynn highlighted what he said are benefits of the proposed changes.

"These changes will provide opportunities for more intense development in the HIP and are expected to promote investment, increase property values, and encourage job growth for businesses located in or moving to the industrial park," he said.

In April 2014, the town board adopted an amendment to the town code that established regulations for overlay districts, specific requirements for the Hauppauge Industrial Park overlay district and boundaries for the overlay district at the park, Flynn said.

Under the current proposal, some specifications were tightened. Learnard said properties within 1,000 feet of the residence districts and 1,000 feet of the Northern State Parkway will be excluded from the overlay district to lessen the environmental impact on residents and the parkway.

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