Town planning board meeting roundup

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On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the planning board of the Town of Islip held their monthly meeting at Town Hall West.

The board held a public hearing regarding 3040 Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia, located on the south side of Veterans Memorial Highway, 197 feet west of 5th Avenue. The applicant requested a buffer and parking relaxation in connection with the construction of two warehouse/office buildings and related site improvements. A number of residents who live near the site, which is currently vacant, expressed concerns about noise. Formerly, a busing company occupied the space and the noise from the site was a nuisance. The board voted to approve the site-plan modification subject to the proposed 8-foot sound wall being raised to 8 feet. The applicant would need to get this approved by the board of appeals. In addition, the applicant would need to move the proposed dumpster site and ensure that the buffer landscaping included species that will grow to 15 feet at maturity.

The board also held a public hearing for an application by Mike McElwee for a site at 30 Hanson Place, in Sayville, approximately 151 feet east of Montauk Highway. The applicant requested a modification of covenants and restrictions associated with TC5090 in order to permit the salt, service, and consumption of alcohol accessory to the restaurant use. McElwee, one of the co-owners of Local Burger Co., spoke about the plan for a future restaurant by Sayville Falls Mini Golf. Local Burger Co. has three other locations in Bay Shore, Southampton and Patchogue. McElwee said alcohol sales constitute 10 to 15 percent of the restaurant's overall sales, but that the site will not have a bar, only canned beer, wine, and craft cocktails. The latest the site will stay open is 11 p.m. on weekends. Some residents spoke of their concerns with alcohol being sold at the restaurant, along with concerns about noise. The board voted to grant the application subject to the attached covenants and restrictions

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