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Islip hearings could lead to code changes

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo.

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Erin Geismar

The Islip Town board will hold six public hearings Tuesday, several of which could lead to decisions on changing town code.

Potential changes to shellfishing restrictions would set the town’s number of shellfish harvesting permits at 50.

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt said there are currently 26 permits in the town, and said the code change is designed to protect the Great South Bay and its shellfish population while allowing for more people to make a living shellfishing.

“We’d like for the shellfish to come back and to have an opportunity to grow and replenish and clean the waters as they naturally do, that’s really the focus of this legislation,” Bergin Weichbrodt said. With 50 permits, if the shellfish population does come back “and there are people in need of making this a primary occupation, there will be room for that, but there won’t be room for excessive harvesting.”

The resolution would limit the size and number of shellfish that can be harvested for personal and commercial use so young populations aren’t scalped from the bay. “We don’t want to rape the bay of whatever does grow back,” she said.

Another code change would create a new land-use zone in the town. According to the resolution, the designation of industrial transition district would be used to increase opportunities for outdoor storage and parking for businesses due to the “changing nature of industrial uses.”

The additional industrial zone would “increase opportunities for economic development without causing significant negative impacts on adjoining properties,” the resolution reads.

The town board meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main St.

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