The Sands Point Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that will allow for the use of Thayer Lane as the main entrance/exit to the Village Club of Sands Point. At its May 9 meeting, the board formally adopted the Final Environmental Impact Statement prepared by Frederick P. Clark Associates and Atlantic Traffic and Design Engineers. The master plan will be amended to allow for the change in the club's entrance/exit. The intersection of Thayer Lane and Middle Neck Road will be regraded and reconstructed to increase sight visibility. The lane will be improved and utilized as the main access for a distance of approximately 1,800 feet before it will curve sharply to the south into the Village Club property.
In order to minimize the potential impact to the three residential properties that immediately abut Thayer Lane, the village has proposed the following mitigation measures: 1) provide appropriate screening (plantings and/or a fence) behind the most westerly residential property that abuts the Methodist Church property. The screen will extend from westerly property line of the residence to the existing heavy natural vegetation; 2) at the two other residential properties to the east, the height of the existing berm can be increased and supplemented with vegetative landscaping and/or fencing.
If it is found that headlight glare along Thayer Lane or Middle Neck Road unduly affects the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, the village may restrict the use of Thayer Lane as an exit to daylight hours only. After dusk, exiting could be limited to the Main Gate.
The East Gate on Astor Lane will be one of three exits. Depending on traffic flow, it may be used for entry in the future. Here too, if the village finds that headlight glare or noise along Astor Lane adversely affects the neighbors, the village could restrict the use of the East Gate to the day and early evening. During the late evening hours, exiting could be limited to the Main Gate.
Finally, the village will monitor the left-turn exit movement from Thayer Lane to southbound on Middle Neck Road. Although it is not anticipated that this movement will be problematic, it can be replicated by the use of the East Gate or the Main Gate for the southbound egress motorists. This movement could be restricted by signage (no left turn). The use of the East Gate and Main Gate would most likely be preferred egress for southbound motorists. It is anticipated that most traffic oriented to and from the north would utilize Thayer Lane and most traffic to and from the south would utilize East Gate or Main Gate.
The board will again meet on Tuesday, May 23, at 8:00 at the Village Hall.