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Smithtown officials reject Kings Park site plans

Facing a court-imposed deadline, a Kings Park developer last month submitted plans to Smithtown Town officials for a massive overhaul of his industrial property.

But town officials said Toby Carlson, of Carlson Associates, submitted several site plan options, which were vague and flawed, because of missing information and because they do not appear to conform with the town zoning code.

Town officials last year accused Carlson Associates of violating zoning rules by operating solid waste disposal and other industrial businesses on residentially zoned land at the firm's Old Northport Road property. In March, the company pleaded guilty to four property maintenance violations and paid a $1,000 fine.

As part of the settlement, Carlson agreed to file a site plan application by June 19 and obtain approvals from the town by Nov. 19. The application, contained in four boxes delivered to the town planning department on June 19, appeared to be Carlson's attempt to meet the court's deadline.

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said Carlson's proposal "appears to be . . . a stall tactic, with a submission that has no basis in reality . . . The submission does not meet the definition of a site plan."

Carlson's attorney, Vincent Trimarco of Smithtown, said he and Carlson would meet with the town "as soon as possible" to discuss the proposal, and he expressed hope they could "move forward with the project."

Carlson, he said, was not available for an interview.

Carlson, who owns about 45 acres at the site, has asked town officials to rezone the property for industrial uses. Carlson's property includes more than a dozen separate parcels zoned for either one-acre housing lots or industrial uses.

Councilman Robert Creighton said he believes Carlson's application last month included three different plans, and he asked town officials to select the one they prefer.

"I think Carlson is frustrated. He's looking for any kind of help," Creighton said. "He's been trying to get a site plan [approved] for a year. He hasn't been able to get it."

Town planning director Frank DeRubeis said the town would not decide which of Carlson's site plans to approve. He said the plans were ambiguous and lacked details such as samples of building materials.

"It's a huge amount of paperwork," DeRubeis said. "There's a lot of things missing from this, from a technical point of view . . . There's so much to correct from this file."


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