The following was published in the February 11, 2016 edition of the Time Beacon Record group of newspapers.

To the Editor:

With developmental pressures being a constant force on Long Island, it is wise for the Town of Brookhaven to take a hard look at the well-traveled Route 25A Corridor.

While the push to further develop the area around the Stony Brook train station has found a renewed zeal in the last decade or so, the simple truth is that we must first understand the on-the-ground capacity of the Three Village area’s infrastructure, as well as assess the area’s projected future needs for growth.

The Town’s study should be a detached analysis that is data-driven, fueled by ample public input, and balances the collective needs of the community – including both the residents who live in the area, as well as the Stony Brook students who drive both the economy and vibrancy of the Stony Brook and Setauket areas.

As a land use columnist, I always find it troubling when development is prescribed as the cure-all for economic stagnation. In this instance, an honest assessment of the 25A corridor would help us set a template for responsible growth (if it’s needed), and preservation of the charm and character of these unique north shore hamlets.

Thank you –

Richard Murdocco
Founder & Publisher of the Foggiest Idea.

Times Beacon Record Feb16