A Tale of Two Villages
Sewers Along Won't Save LI's Water

Long Island's

Housing
The fact is, we need 41,429 affordable units to meet the ever-growing demand. A policy solution can’t be wrapped in a feel good online presentation, helmed by the developers and housing advocates.

Long Island's

Environment
On Long Island, it's been said that our environment is our economy, and our economy is the environment. The linkage between land use and water quality is very strong.

Long Island's

Economy
Long Island needs to start diversifying its regional economy if we’re going to shake off the shackles of the recession, and create a region for future generations to grow.
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      The following was written for the Long Island Press – the original version could be read here. On the North Shore, the Village of Bayville is looking to keep young professionals on Long Island, and so it plans to allow additional apartments in its downtown business district to attract them....
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      The following was written for the Long Island Press. The original can be read here. The sole source of every Long Islander’s drinking water is being threatened by over-development, pesticides and rising sea levels. But are the policymakers pitching sound planning solutions or something more worthy of being flushed down...
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      The following was written for the Long Island Press. The original can be seen here. The recently announced creation of a regional planning alliance between the Town of Islip, Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County could mark a new era of cohesion on Long Island…or not. Regional planning entails critical...
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      The following appeared in the May 3, 2015 edition of Newsday on page A33. The original can be read here. The relationship between land use and income growth is strong, especially as our region continues to replace our former industrial legacy with age-restricted residential units and multifamily complexes. It seems...
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I am a Long Islander who shares my passion with the rest of the Island.

The goal of my writing is to put both my education and experience in land use to work. I feel that Long Island’s residents are the most important resource this region has. Long Island has complex challenges that unfortunately, have been the status quo for decades.

In 2010, I set out to create a public resource for information on Long Island’s land use issues, available to all who are interested. The Foggiest Idea was created to provide simple, easily approachable insights to Long Island’s complex issues.

 

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