The following excerpt is from an article by Lon Cohen that was published by LongIsland.com on February 27th, 2020. Richard Murdocco of The Foggiest Idea was quoted throughout. You can read the entire piece here.
The issue-according to those who are concerned with the health of these environmentally sensitive areas of Long Island-comes down to balancing preservation of the core with the growth allowed by the CGA.
“The Lewis Road PRD is essentially the culmination of the decades of developmental tensions that have been present since the pine barrens were first protected,” said Richard Murdocco, a planning expert who teaches in the public policy graduate program at Stony Brook University.
Despite concerns, Murdocco thinks this project is probably inevitable.
“Any development in the pine barrens, including that which is legally allowed in the CGA, runs counter to the goal of preservation and protection of the ecosystem,” he said. “That being said, as-of-right development is just that, so if the developer follows the CGA guidelines, there likely isn’t much that can be done to stop the Lewis Road project.”