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Letter: 'Land of No' should prioritize

Long Island’s only Sonic location opened in 2011

Long Island’s only Sonic location opened in 2011 in Deer Park, creating traffic problems on Deer Park Road for weeks. Credit: AP / Sue Ogrocki

I agree with columnist Lane Filler's views on the Sonic proposed in Smithtown ["Longing for a burger in the Land of No," Opinion, April 23]. But as a region, we must tread lightly when it comes to allowing growth.

As it stands, our wastewater and transportation infrastructure is significantly overburdened, and yet, development proposals that increase density are still pushed without accompanying open-space preservation efforts.

Residents in Smithtown and beyond must realize that with each proposal they protest blindly, their credibility is eroded when serious development projects are poised to affect their communities. Traffic is blamed so frequently, and without merit, that valid traffic concerns often unfairly get grouped with a CAVE (citizens against virtually everything) mentality.

It's a local government responsibility to present a cohesive vision for an area, and the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate why a project fits in that vision. Residents should be included in the planning process.

Rich Murdocco, Syosset

Editor's note: The writer operates a website,, about land use.