The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association is hosting a major forum this Saturday, May 20 on “Maintaining Rural Character While Planning for Strategic Growth.”
The forum, to be held at the Mattituck-Laurel Library from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will provide a background of past attempts to guide the growth of the hamlet of Mattituck and guidance for a future series of charettes about various aspects of planning for the future of the community.
As nearly the westernmost hamlet of Southold Town, Mattituck has long been subject to the most serious development pressures in Southold, and has been the subject of several studies in recent years, including a hamlet stakeholder meeting process between 2005 and 2008 and a corridor study in 2011.
This meeting comes at a time when the North Fork is experiencing surging popularity as a vacation and second home destination, adding to those development pressures.
“Our premise was, we have people who come from all backgrounds, but we exist in our own silo,” said MLCA President Mary Eisenstein this week. “We wanted to have panel members talk about what they do through that prism, of maintaining rural character while planning for strategic growth.”
The panelists include State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, Southold Town Councilman William Ruland, Dan Heston and Tim Caufield of the Peconic Land Trust, Prudence Wickham of Salt-Aire Farm, Ali Tuthill of the Long Island Wine Council, Abigail Field of the North Fork Promotion Council, Mattituck builder Paul Pawlowski, architect Anthony Portillo, and Grants Office CEO Michael Paddock.
The forum will kick off with the premiere of MLCA’s short film, “The Intersection,” about the dangers at the intersection of the Main Road, Love Lane and Old Sound Avenue, on a blind curve in the center of the town.
The screening will be followed by a discussion among the panelists, followed by a break-out session where community members discuss one of 10 issues facing Mattituck. Each topic will then be the focus, in turn, of 10 monthly MLCA meetings, said Ms. Eisenstein.
The first of those topics, she said, will be transportation, because this is a topic that Southold Town is currently addressing in its comprehensive plan.
“We’ll be discussing things like bike racks, bike lanes and making this a walkable community,” said Ms. Eisenstein.
More details are on MLCA’s website.