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Lindenhurst to hold hearing on a ‘floating zone’ for development

Lindenhurst Village Hall on June 7, 2011.

Lindenhurst Village Hall on June 7, 2011. Credit: Alexi Knock

The Village of Lindenhurst will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed new type of zoning law.

The village board is considering the adoption of a “floating zone” that will be known as the Downtown Redevelopment District. A floating zone is a district that can be applied geographically and its specifics altered on a case-by-case basis depending on a proposed development.

The impetus for the new zoning has been a proposal by developer Tritec Real Estate of East Setauket to build 260 multifamily rental units across from the village’s Long Island Rail Road station on East Hoffman Avenue.

The property the company seeks to develop — 7.1 acres bordered by East Hoffman to the north, East Gates Avenue to the south, South Smith Street to the west and South Pennsylvania Avenue to the east — is zoned industrial. The village’s only multi-residential zoning is for seniors, said village attorney Gerard Glass, so this proposed zoning would allow for multi-residence.

Tritec has not made a formal application to the village, officials said, so planning and approvals are still far away. “This is a first step in many steps that will be taken,” said village clerk-treasurer Shawn Cullinane.

Glass said a floating zone has also been enacted by Patchogue Village for its downtown.

“It creates a footprint,” Glass said. “It creates the general parameters for where [the development] can go and it creates the general parameters in terms of height, setbacks, density and parking.”

Targeted zones will be created within the proposed ordinance, Glass said, including the Tritec property. The public hearing will be an opportunity to hear from residents and the board and to tweak the proposed law, Glass said.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said. But, he noted, “this is not going to open any kind of floodgate to similar developments” in the village.

“They’re sending a message that this is only going to be right in certain areas of Lindenhurst Village,” he said. “By creating a floating zone they can take the code, refine it and plug it into an application to make sure that application fits those general goals . . . of promoting growth to revive the downtown while at the same time preserving the suburban character of the surrounding community.”

The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. in village hall.

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