Three Village Community Trust hosts citizen forum

Three Village Community Trust hosts citizen forum

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David Calone file photo

The Three Village Community Trust announced it would be hosting its winter-spring 2016 “Join the Conversation” series this week with a special discussion from David Calone, former chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., inside the Setauket Neighborhood House.

In his discussion, Calone will speak about the community’s role in the comprehensive land use planning of the Three Village area, including Route 25A.

“The Long Island we inhabit today is the result of choices made by those who came before us,” Calone said. “The future shape of Suffolk County is not dictated to us. Now is the time to set our community goals and — most importantly — to then enact policies to support those priorities that are critical to our common future.”

During Calone’s tenure, the county developed and adopted the first comprehensive master plan for Suffolk County in nearly 40 years. It provides a guide for how to harness our region’s assets for growth through 2035 and includes a nationally recognized code for renewable energy use.

“I hope that these talks will prove helpful adjunct to having an informed citizenry to help mover the corridor study to truly reflect the community’s shared vision — and then that the town enacts whatever laws that will help guide development so it is consistent with that vision,” said Cynthia Barnes, president of the Three Village Community Trust board of trustees.

Barnes said that county policy decisions are likely to impact the town and local land use policy, making Thursday’s discussion even more important. Therefore, it is important, to consider what is happening in the region even as citizens endeavor to study their local community.

“The six critical issues are also relevant to the Three Village area,” Barnes said. “The Three Village 25A Corridor Study and Plan that will be prepared by the Town of Brookhaven with input from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the community at large will need to look at these same ‘critical priorities’ and can benefit from the work done by the county.”

The “Join the Conversation” series is open to all and free, or a donation of $5.

For more information, contact the Three Village Community Trust at 631-689-0225.