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Brookhaven Town hearings today to focus on zoning, housing plan

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Brookhaven Town Hall Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

A series of public hearings and a possible vote on zoning code changes to create new pedestrian-friendly housing are on tap for the Brookhaven Town board meeting today.

“Next generation housing” is intended to revitalize town centers, neighborhoods and the environment by encouraging environmentally friendly development near transportation centers such as train stations, while attracting young professionals.

But the proposal hasn’t come without controversy as many residents on both sides have spoken about the concept of next generation housing and the idea of building additional housing in the town in general.

Some have urged the board to consider alternatives. Others say next generation housing would provide more amenities and enhance the town. Even more have suggested town officials conduct an environmental impact study to determine how such housing would affect water, air quality, traffic and crime.

The board will also discuss passing legislation to restrict development and enhance protection of the Carmans River watershed district and amending the town’s multifamily zoning codes.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville.

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