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Spirited zoning hearing continues in Kings Park

Smithtown Town Hall is at 99 West Main

Smithtown Town Hall is at 99 West Main St. Credit: Erin Geismar

Almost three months after it started, a public hearing on a controversial Kings Park rezoning proposal is to be completed Wednesday night.

More than 100 people jammed into the original June 6 hearing, which was called to consider a plan by property owners along Old Northport Road to zone their land for heavy industrial uses.

The hearing lasted about 2 1/2 hours before the Smithtown Town planning board adjourned it shortly after 11 p.m. — with many residents and property owners still waiting to speak. The meeting ran so long that a second public hearing scheduled that night — on a similar proposal by other Old Northport Road landowners — never got started.

The planning board agreed to reschedule both hearings for Wednesday night. The meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Citizen Center, 420 Middle Country Rd.

Proponents of both zoning changes say they would permit existing businesses — such as sand mines and paving and asphalt contractors — to operate under appropriate zoning laws. Opponents, including nearby residents, say the businesses cause noise, dust and truck traffic. The properties currently fall under a hodgepodge of zones, such as residential, light industry and heavy industry.

Above: Smithtown Town Hall
 

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