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Smithtown board delays hearing on asphalt plant proposal

Smithtown Town Board members voted to postpone the date for a public hearing on plans by a Kings Park industrial business.

Board members voted at last week's meeting to table a resolution that would have set a Nov. 21 date for the hearing on special exception requests -- rock crushing, sand and gravel processing, and concrete product manufacturing, among others -- by West Development Partners LLC, the formal name of Carlson Associates for part of the company's property.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said officials tabled the resolution due to concerns of town planning director Frank DeRubeis, who in a memo last Wednesday, outlined the company's other pending zoning applications.

Vecchio said it is unclear when the public hearing may be rescheduled.

Carlson Associates' more than 50-acre property on Old Northport Road has heavy industry, light industry, and residential 1-acre lot zoning categories. There have been violations in all three categories. The special exception requests are for a proposed asphalt plant, but owner Toby Carlson said he preferred to build an indoor composting facility. Composting is not permitted in town code, but DeRubeis wrote, "We believe that this use has some merit."

DeRubeis said in the memo he was still concerned with some aspects of the proposal, including outdoor storage. "That could possibly produce noise, odor, dust and other potentially adverse impacts," DeRubeis wrote. "It will take some time to resolve this feature of the proposal."

Mark L. Smith, a spokesman for Carlson Associates, said, "It is encouraging to see the Town of Smithtown have an open mind on the indoor organic recycling alternative."

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