Thursday November 14, 2019
TOWN OF RIVERHEAD TO HOLD COMMUNITY FORUM ON
The Town of Riverhead invites
residents to take part in a community forum on the design of our downtown with
recently contracted planning firm, Urban Design Associates (UDA). The forum
will take place on November 14th at 6:30 PM in the Senior Center located at 60 Shade Tree Lane, Aquebogue.
This will be an opportunity
for residents to take a direct role in deciding what future development in our
downtown should look like by speaking with the planners and architects who will
be creating the new pattern book for Downtown Riverhead.
Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith
says, “I encourage residents to attend and have their voices heard. Community
input is such an important aspect to development in our downtown, and it has
been missing for too long. Whether the issues are walkability, transportation,
or the character of the area- this public forum will be an opportunity to
ensure that residents can have their say in the future in what is all of our
Deputy Supervisor, and Liaison
to the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Catherine Kent says, “It is so
important that residents attend and be heard. The future of our downtown is still
being decided, and our residents have to be centered in that process. We as a
community get to decide what our downtown should look like, and I am asking
that residents use their voices to be part of that discussion.”
Urban Design Associates bases
their design strategies around building consensus through a community planning
process. Their progress in this project relies on residents and local
stakeholders to be part of the process, making community participation key to
the success of the creation of this pattern book.
Holding meetings with the
public and stakeholders is Step I in UDA’s approach to this project with
further action being taken after hearing public comment. Decisions made about
the pattern book will be informed by this public forum.