The North Hempstead Town Board voted unanimously at a town board meeting to change the zoning of Second and Third Avenues, between Main Street and Carlton Avenue, from multiple residence district to residence C districting. The zoning change will prevent multifamily high density dwellings and allow single family dwellings consistent with the surrounding neighborhood.
This action was introduced by Councilman Fred Pollack (D-Port Washington). The councilman notes, "The old zoning allowed for as many as 83 units on the affected lots. This new zoning will limit development to approximately 23 single family homes." He adds, "If we had not taken this action and the maximum development had occurred, the projection is that we would have needed an additional 7.7 million gallons of water annually for these units."
"In addition," Pollack says, "there would have been serious storm water runoff problems caused for Manhasset Bay as well as great strains on parking, schools and other community services."
Pollack stated that this action was part of the town's continuing effort to maintain the character, density and quality of life in our residential neighborhoods. "The potential for overdevelopment of this area was a dagger aimed right at the heart of our community," Pollack said in urging his colleagues to support the change.
When asked if there was public opposition to the revised zoning, Pollack replied that one couple, planning to retire shortly, reported that they felt they would receive less money for their home, as they could no longer sell it as a potential four-unit building.
A developer also noted his complaint against the new zoning, the councilman reported.
However, others believe that long term, neighborhoods with a more residential look have higher increases in the market value of their homes.
Pollack remarked, "This is just one step in a continuing process through which we hope to mitigate overdevelopment in the years ahead. But it is an important action that should make it clear that we are determined to meet the challenge presented by those who seek to build as much as they can on as little land as possible."
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman commented, "This change will help ensure the quality of life for all Port Washington residents and will reduce the potential for additional traffic and water use as well as other negative impacts that come with high density use. Too often overdevelopment compromises our quality of life. This change in zoning will prevent that."
Anyone interested in more information can contact Councilman Pollack by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at 869-7698.