§ 57-0109. Establishment of Long Island Pine Barrens maritime reserve; core preservation area and compatible growth area.
1. The region encompassing and distinguished by the Peconic Bay system, lands which gather and transmit precipitation as either groundwater or runoff into the Peconic Bay system, lands characterized by the growth of pitch pine, dwarf pine and/or scrub oak pine barrens including lands currently under the review and jurisdiction of the Suffolk county Pine Barrens review commission and lands used in traditional patterns for agriculture, finfishing, shellfishing and tourism and made up of all lands and waters located in the towns of Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island, Southampton and East Hampton and the portion of the town of Brookhaven east of a north south line defined by extending County Road 83 to the northern most and southern most extension to their respective water boundaries of Brookhaven town and the town's incorporated villages is hereby established and designated to be the Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime reserve.
2. Within the reserve and within forty-five days of the effective date of this subdivision, the commission shall file with the secretary of state the maps of the Central Pine Barrens area classifying and depicting the core preservation area as defined, which comprises the largest essentially intact areas of undeveloped pine barrens ecology, and the compatible growth area where appropriate patterns of development and regional growth shall be permitted and shall file a certified copy thereof with the county clerk of Suffolk county and the clerk of each town or village whose boundaries are included within the Central Pine Barrens area. Notice of the filing and availability of such map shall be published at least twice in the paper of general circulation in the county of Suffolk. An affected property owner may petition the commission for precise delineation or adjustment of boundary as it applies to the affected property. The commission shall have discretionary powers to modify the boundaries of the core preservation area by up to three hundred feet as circumstances warrant after notification to the affected property owner or owners, except no boundary defined by a state or county highway or navigable waterway shall be modified to extend beyond such highway or waterway.