The Town of Riverhead recently announced that all draft chapters of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update are now posted online for public review.

The town is asking residents and stakeholders to review all 13 chapters and send comments to by March 15, 2024.

The Riverhead Town Board will also hold formal public hearings on the revised comprehensive plan at a later date.

The draft Comprehensive Plan Update, prepared by BJF Planning, was developed in collaboration with elected officials, town staff, content experts, community organizations, volunteers, property owners, and individual residents, including a series of community workshops over the past year.

According to the town, there “may be some duplication between chapters,” but “due to the nature of overlapping topics, there should be no conflict among them.”

Chapter 13, titled “Future Land Use,” serves as the culmination, offering a comprehensive
overview of recommendations regarding potential changes in land use and zoning. Civic groups are urging their members to examine this chapter carefully.

The town noted that the document, available online here, will be further refined after comments are received by the community, and the revised draft will include more graphic content to make it more clear to the general public.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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