The Town of Riverhead is seeking public participation for its Comprehensive Plan Update now underway, in an attempt to provide the town with a road map for its potential growth and evolution over the next 20 years.

The town will be hosting the first round of public meetings in person, and via Zoom, this month, in which consultants will explain the community engagement process and then engage attendees in open dialogue to gather comments, questions and concerns.

Given the size of the Town and expected large turnout, there will be four (4) public meetings held at the Riverhead Senior Center, 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue. Doors will open at 5:45 pm and the meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Each meetings will include presentation for a specific hamlet, as follows:

Monday, Sept. 13: Aquebogue, Northville, Laurel, Jamesport, and South Jamesport
Monday, Sept. 27: Wading River and Manorville
Tuesday, Sept. 28: Calverton and Baiting Hollow
Wednesday, Sept. 29: Riverhead and Downtown

The town has also launched a new website to enable public access to information about participating in community meetings, a survey of public goals for the project, and information on the comprehensive plan process.

The community will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and submit ideas using interactive maps of each hamlet, which are posted on the website. It also includes a link for public questions, comments and recommendations, which will be gathered over the course of two months.

When all public input has been gathered this year, a second round of community meetings will be held early in 2022.

For information about the Comprehensive Plan Update, contact Jefferson V. Murphree, Building and Planning Administrator at 631.727.3200, ext. 239 or via email at murphree@townofriverheadny.gov.

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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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