The proposed $130 million West Shore Road rental project will have its draft environmental impact statement accepted by North Hempstead on Sept. 1 and a hearing date scheduled for Sep. 28, Town Councilwoman Mariann Dalimonte announced.
South Land Company has proposed to build a multifamily and mixed-use project at 145 West Shore Road beside North Hempstead Beach Park and a public marina and promenade for the currently deteriorated site.
The proposal seeks to change the zoning for the property from R-AAA to multiple residence, which the developers say is essential to the planned development.
But as the project has progressed, so has residential opposition. This has set a collision course for impending hearings.
On Sept. 28, Southern Land will summarize its findings and conclusions at the hearing. The rest of the session will thereafter be open for public comments.
Dalimonte said most of the comments will be logged to be addressed in the final environmental impact statement. They may immediately answer a few brief inquiries on particular facts or procedures.
The tentative deadline for written public responses is Oct. 17. The planning department will instruct Southern Land to address all pertinent public comments in the final environmental impact statement.
Anyone wishing to offer a comment by email to be recorded may do so at plan[email protected] until the public comment period is up.
Dalimonte then gave a timeline of expected future events. She said that projected figures can change depending on the applicants.
The Town Board will schedule a date for a public hearing on the rezoning proposal after they have determined that the final environmental impact statement is complete. She said this step occurs often three to four months following the previous phase.
The application to rezone will then be the subject of a public hearing. The Town Board may consider any comments made at this hearing on the final environmental impact statement in its findings statement. Dalimonte said this usually takes place three to four weeks following the previous phase.
The Town Board will likely conclude the public hearing on the rezoning proposal after issuing its findings statement. Voting on whether to approve the rezoning will probably then take place.
The Town Board will express its opinion for the first time in the findings statement. It also establishes the parameters and restrictions of the development proposal.
Southern Land does not take part in the writing of the findings statement or receive an advanced review. She said this step occurs often three to four weeks following the previous phase.
The BZA will hold a hearing on any required variances if they approve the rezoning in some manner. She said this step occurs typically four to six months following the previous phase.
If the variances are approved, the Town Board will hold a hearing for the marina and the site plan review. She said this step occurs normally two to three months following the previous phase.