Town Board to Take Up Coastal Erosion Rule Variance, Housing Lottery

The Huntington Town Board meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. with coastal erosion management, housing lottery rules, an award to a heroic fire captain and more on the agenda.

A public hearing is set on a request for a variance to allow construction of a new home at 54 Makamah Beach Road in Northport, which is in the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area. The home would replace a cottage on the spot.

The Northport Observer reported last week that some opponents suspect that approval of the variance could make way for a variance on another property at 4 Makamah Beach Road. In that case, a property owner tore down a home and began working on a new one until a stop-work order was issued in January 2021.

The Coastal Erosion Hazard Area designation requires that new construction be set back from the water because of concerns about erosion.

Capt. Mike Colonna of the Huntington Manor Fire Department will receive an award from the Town Board for his quick-thinking rescue of three people from a housefire on July 4.

The board will consider updated rules involving housing lotteries and waiting lists. The update, if approved, means  “The waiting list will be kept open to new applicants continuously to allow them to grow.  In the event that the list is depleted, the CDA Director can take applications from interested parties on a first come, first serve basis, instead of holding a new lottery.  This will save time and avoid the cost of holding a new lottery,” the town said.







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