By Mario Alex Joseph and Peter Stein
Presidium, Five Towns Civic Association
The developer who purchased the Woodmere Club property has taken the initial first step of the legal process of filing a preliminary major subdivision for the property. The proposed name is Willow View Estates. We refer to it as “The Sixth Town.” The developer has proposed to subdivide the land into 285 single family lots based on current zoning in place in each of the municipalities. (Town of Hempstead 248, Lawrence 10, Woodsburgh 17 units entirely within the ten units that straddle both villages). The preliminary subdivision also depicts new roadways that would provide access to the subdivision from Broadway, Meadow Drive/Ivy Hill Road, Keen Lane/Railroad Avenue, Rutherford Lane, and Tulip Street.
Last week, the NCPC (Nassau County Planning Commission) officially declared itself lead agency for the required environmental review under the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The NCPC then declared the proposal Type 1 (likely to have very significant environmental impacts) and issued a “positive declaration” requiring preparation of a full environmental impact statement. This is the most rigorous environmental review standard under SEQRA. The next step in the SEQRA process will be a public “scoping session” to determine the subject matters and parameters of the environmental review. The date for the scoping session has not yet been determined. Our attorney (Howard Avrutine) will be following up on that. It was also announced that this project now has its own website with the proposed subdivision map (last page) as well as all documents in connection with the application.
This is just a preliminary application. It is by no means the final subdivision plan. No decisions have been made and no decisions can be made until full and comprehensive impact studies are completed by the developer. We understand that there are many rumors floating around out there but the facts can be found on this website. Obviously this proposed scenario illustrates that the developer is planning to build a “Sixth Town” to the maximum allowed by current law. Note that there is nothing in this plan that would benefit the greater Five Towns community. There is no dedicated public space or park planned. The addition of a “Sixth Town” with an influx of hundreds of homes would devastate our already densely populated neighborhood and congested roadways that feel more and more like a city than the suburbs we want for ourselves and our families. This will negatively affect traffic, parking, property values, taxes, the environment, flooding, utilities, emergency services, sanitation, and overall quality of life. Even if you don’t live anywhere near the golf course, this will negatively impact your quality of life. We plan to fight this as vigorously as possible.
At the same time we are awaiting a report from Councilman Bruce Blakeman and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito on the potential to create a district park rather than allowing the land to be developed. We have not received an update from them on this option since it was mentioned by them in May, 2018. We must continue to pressure all our elected officials to advocate on our behalf and do everything in their power to stop this nightmare from becoming a reality.
Here is what you can do to help:
Donations to fund 5 Towns Civic Association legal team and marketing materials. Via PayPal at 5TCA.org or via check to 5TCA P.O. Box 462 Woodmere, NY 11598. The suggested donation is $500 but any amount is appreciated.
Write e-mails. Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman; Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock; Woodsburgh Mayor Lee Israel; Hewlett Neck Mayor Ross Epstein; Hewlett Bay Park Mayor Steven Kaufman; Howard Kopel Legislative District 7 and sign his petition https://forms.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Legis/LD/07/wccpetition.php; Denise Ford Legislative District 4; TOH Supervisor Laura Gillen; TOH Councilman Bruce Blakeman; TOH Councilman Anthony D’Esposito; TOH Councilman Edward Ambrosino; TOH Councilman Dennis Dunne; TOH Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney; TOH Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby; Nassau County Executive Laura Curran; Sean Sallie, Deputy Commissioner; NCPC (Nassau County Planning Commission).
As always, 5TCA is always looking for volunteers, so please let us know if you have a profession, skill, talent or time to help us. Together we CAN make a difference. Thank you.