Brookhaven Town mulls Tallgrass project

Brookhaven Town mulls Tallgrass project

There are 167 comments on the Newsday story from May 30, 2007, titled Brookhaven Town mulls Tallgrass project. In it, Newsday reports that:

Brookhaven Town officials are calling it the biggest land use decision that's come before them since Supervisor Brian Foley took office.

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Joanie

Millbrook, NY

#162 Oct 28, 2007
The Town Board workshop of the 11th was on TV tonight. It only made me mad again at this decision. The planning board says they looked over the developers traffic study, one that was flawed in many ways, which the town board ignored. No independent study was done, but they believe the developer on each and every instance of statistics, Phooey, Its sickening how this was passed. The Pine Barrens will grant NO Hardship, and then what, you people, who were suckered into this mess? No golf course, just lots of stores and traffic, wonderful. Any delay will be great for this monstrosity.

This is just a disgrace, Foley's Folly. That will be the signage along this part of the community. F O L E Y ' S F O L L Y !
NO FOLEY - NO SHILLING

Millbrook, NY

#163 Oct 30, 2007
People, you need to vote on the 6th and DO NOT VOTE for Foley or Shilling. Or if you live in the 4th district, NO KEPERT too. They are willing to sell out a community for their own greed. And Shilling is so spineless he flipped 180 on the PDD, shows what he would do in office, be manipulated by his leader, who forced him to support the PDD. Courage and conviction, LOL, NOT!

Keep Fiore-Rosenfeld, and give your vote to Lilly, he wont win but it will teach Danny boy a lesson!
person

Middle Island, NY

#164 Oct 30, 2007
Thank you for your comments regarding the change of zoning of the Tallgrass/DeLalio sod farm property. There has been significant community reaction, both pro and con, and we appreciate your taking the time to voice your opinion.

Clearly, the decision to rezone Tallgrass from individual, single family homes (A-1) to multi-use Planned Development District (PDD) was complex. It required your elected representatives to balance strong, divergent local community sentiment; understand and apply the tenets of responsible smart-growth planning; interpret, and in some cases mediate, the opinions of a wide variety of tax, traffic, education, and environmental experts; and they had to vision northern Brookhaven Town 10, 20, or even 30 years into the future.

The issue ignited passions on both sides and set people at odds with their friends and neighbors. We were disappointed to see that happen. But, in my view, it was a matter of two groups of passionate advocates, each arriving at their positions from the perspective of trying to do what was right for the Shoreham community and for Brookhaven Town at-large, coming honestly and sincerely to different conclusions.

There is no doubt the three-plus year process was a success. The community had many opportunities to provide input, and that input was reflected in the bipartisan supermajority decision that shaped the Town Boards zoning change approval, which included:

· Reducing the number of residential units to 1.17
houses per acre.

· Reducing the commercial component to 125,000
square feet (Community center like downtown Stony
Brook with no big box stores).

· Adding 18 acres of constructed ball fields.

· Retaining recreational amenity of the golf course.

· Creating a tax surplus eliminating the burden on
the Shoreham/Wading River School District.(An as-
of-right development would create an estimated $4
million deficit.)

But make no mistake, the next step of the Tallgrass process is as important as any over the past three years. The community must remain involved as the project matures and plans are reviewed. I urge everyone to keep up their good and vigilant work; come to planning meetings; voice opinions; and help shape Tallgrass into a showcase of smart growth and superior suburban planning.

Again, Id like to thank you for your thoughts. If we can be of any further assistance, or if you need additional information, please contact my office via our new One Call To Town Hall 451-TOWN call center.

If you would like to be added to our Tallgrass e-mail alert list so we can keep you informed about the latest developments, meetings, etc., please provide that information when you call, or send me a note so you can be added to the list.



Best regards,


Brian X. Foley
Supervisor
This a letter from Bian Foley in case anyone wanted the facts on the project according to the town.
another person

AOL

#165 Oct 30, 2007
If you receive cash from the developers and anyone else who would benefit cash wise, how can you make an honest decision about Tall Grass? Did you feel any pressure to approve this project? Did the Shoreham school district also pressure you?These are just some of the things people think about when looking at the decision that was made in favor of tall grass.
buyer beware

Patchogue, NY

#166 Nov 1, 2007
NO FOLEY - NO SHILLING wrote:
People, you need to vote on the 6th and DO NOT VOTE for Foley or Shilling. Or if you live in the 4th district, NO KEPERT too. They are willing to sell out a community for their own greed. And Shilling is so spineless he flipped 180 on the PDD, shows what he would do in office, be manipulated by his leader, who forced him to support the PDD. Courage and conviction, LOL, NOT!
Keep Fiore-Rosenfeld, and give your vote to Lilly, he wont win but it will teach Danny boy a lesson!
Just wanted to see it again!
FOLEYS FOLLY Tall Grass

Millbrook, NY

#167 Nov 8, 2007
Foleys letter placed here on Oct 30th, is more of his spin. He took major campaign donations over the past two years, about 1 MILLION DOLLARS and that was to get his vote on projects like Tall Grass or the 18 clear cut acres in Yaphank, he knew of months earlier. The donations are needed for his next step in politics, thankfully he will only be here for two more years.
NOW.. we have to stay vigilant and report all Foley does as he is using this as his stepping stone to Trunzo's seat in the NY Senate.
FOLEY is WEAK as a leader, he lost the CPF BIG TIME, and he lost Shilling and Hennessey and now is part of the MINORITY on the Town Board.
Tall Grass changed the Town Board to Republican Majority and it is not over yet. Foley's "facts" are the developer's spin, he never would listen to or examine outside numbers, because it would have made him vote the other way.
He is a snake in the grass and he will never forget Tall Grass, as the people of Shoreham never will let him. IT AINT OVER YET!
TALL GRASS DECEPTION

Bronx, NY

#169 Jan 9, 2008
Now the school district only gets $160,000 in tax revenue from this PDD MONSTER. That equals 75 cents on my tax rate, give me a 75 cent tax rate increase instead of a traffic mess, stores that arent needed and 200 homes that can produce more students we can't afford to house in our school buildings.
The builders paid their way with the town board and are again pushing their lies to the Pine Barrens Commission. Come on PEOPLE wake up and SPEAK UP.. No to the hardship waiver. YES to the GOLF COURSE, make the PDD Smaller! That can be done, and SHOULD BE DONE!
TALL GRASS is proving to be NO FRIEND to this community. TOLD YOU SO!

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