Central Pine Barrens Comprehensive Land Use Plan

Volume 1: Policies, Programs and Standards



Title Page, Milestones and Dates, Commissioners and Contributing Organizations and Individuals

Dedication, Special Acknowledgment, and Preamble to Volume 1

1.  Executive Summary

2.  Introduction to the Pine Barrens Act
2.1  The Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act of 1993
2.2  The Pine Barrens Act in a Long Island context
2.3  Implementation of the Act to date
2.4  Goals of the pine barrens statute

3.  Land Acquisition Policy
3.1  The role of acquisition in Central Pine Barrens protection
3.2  Selected criteria for fee title acquisitions within the Core Preservation Area
3.3  Land acquisition maps prepared for this analysis
3.4  Suffolk County acquisition program
3.5  New York State acquisition program
3.6  Suffolk County Water Authority Core Preservation Area holdings
3.7  Future acquisitions by public agencies
3.8  Future acquisitions by private, not for profit organizations
3.9  Status of Core Preservation Area protection efforts and future needs
3.10  Future acquisitions: Funding possibilities

4.  Review Procedures and Jurisdiction
4.1  Introduction
4.2  Intent
4.3  Definitions
4.3.1  Complete application
4.3.2  Plan
4.3.3  Commission
4.3.4  Act
4.3.5  Development
4.3.6 Central Pine Barrens
4.3.7 Core Preservation Area
4.3.8 Compatible Growth Area
4.4  Development subject to review by the Commission
4.4.1  Development located within the Core Preservation Area
4.4.2  Nonconforming development within the Compatible Growth Area
4.4.3  Compatible Growth Area development over which the Commission asserts jurisdiction
4.4.4  Compatible Growth Area development within Critical Resource Areas
4.4.5  Developments of Regional Significance
4.5  Review procedures
4.5.1  Development located within the Core Preservation Area
4.5.2  Development located within the Compatible Growth Area which does not conform to the standards contained in Volume 1, Chapter 5 of the Plan
4.5.3  Development located within the Compatible Growth Area which has been subjected to a petition by the Commission pursuant to ECL Section 57-0123(2)
4.5.4  Development located within the Compatible Growth Area which is also located within a Critical Resource Area
4.5.5  Developments of Regional Significance located within the Compatible Growth Area

5.  Standards and Guidelines for Land Use
5.1  Central Pine Barrens overall area
5.2  Core Preservation Area
5.3  Compatible Growth Area
5.3.1  Applicability
5.3.2  State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
5.3.3  Intent and Compatible Growth Area standards  Nitrate-nitrogen  Other chemical contaminants of concern  Wellhead protection  Wetlands and surface waters  Stormwater runoff  Natural vegetation and plant habitat  Species and communities of special concern  Soils  Coordinated design for open space management  Agriculture and horticulture  Scenic, historic and cultural resources  Commercial and industrial development

6.  Pine Barrens Credit Program
6.1  Purpose of the Pine Barrens Credit Program
6.2  Pine Barrens Credit Certificate defined
6.3  Allocation of Pine Barrens Credits
6.3.1  Method of allocation
6.3.2  Allocation for property zoned for other than single family residential use
6.3.3  Limitations on allocation
6.4  Designated receiving districts for Pine Barrens Credits
6.4.1  Definitions
6.4.2  Town of Brookhaven designated Pine Barrens Credit receiving districts
6.4.3  Town of Riverhead designated Pine Barrens Credit receiving districts
6.4.4  Town of Southampton designated Pine Barrens Credit receiving districts
6.4.5  Suffolk County Sanitary Code
6.5  Pine Barrens Credit use planning
6.5.1  Amendment of zoning and land use regulations
6.5.2  Establishment of a receiving capacity plan by each town
6.5.3  Establishment of additional receiving districts
6.6  Establishment of the Pine Barrens Credit Clearinghouse and the Board of Advisors
6.6.1  Structure and operation of the Board of Advisors
6.6.2  Authority of the Board of Advisors
6.7  Pine Barrens Credit Certificates
6.7.1  Issuance of Pine Barrens Credit Certificates by the Clearinghouse
6.7.2  Overview of the issuance procedure
6.7.3  Detail of Step 1: Obtaining a Letter of Interpretation
6.7.4  Detail of Step 2: Applying for a Pine Barrens Certificate
6.7.5  Detail of Step 3: Recording a conservation easement and obtaining a Pine Barrens Credit Certificate
6.7.6  Other provisions relating to the issuance of Pine Barrens Credit Certificates
6.8  Registry of Pine Barrens Credits
6.8.1  Establishment and maintenance of the Pine Barrens Credit Registry
6.8.2  Notification of the Board of certain actions involving Pine Barrens Credits
6.8.3  Distribution of the annual report
6.9  Municipal functions exclusive of state financial assistance
6.10  Other development rights transfer programs

7.  Public Lands Management
7.1  Establishment of a Protected Lands Council
7.2  Summary of the field management agency survey
7.3  Immediate recommendations for the Protected Lands Council
7.4  Law enforcement
7.4.1  Law enforcement goal
7.4.2  Law enforcement problems
7.4.3  Law enforcement strategies
7.5  Recreation, trails, hunting and fishing
7.5.1  Recreation overview
7.5.2  Recreation recommendations
7.5.3  Hunting and fishing recommendations
7.6  Natural resources management: Best management practices
7.6.1  Recommendations for natural upland communities on public lands
7.6.2  Recommendations for human created natural successional communities on public lands
7.6.3  Recommendations for freshwater wetland communities on public lands
7.6.4  Recommendations for saltwater wetland communities on public lands
7.6.5  Restoration of degraded habitats on public lands
7.6.6  Management of rare, endangered, threatened and special concern species on public lands
7.6.7  Reintroductions of species on public lands
7.6.8  Control of invasive, nonnative species on public lands
7.6.9  Wildland fire management
7.6.10  Wildfire

8.  Water Resources and Hydrology
8.1  Water resource overview
8.2  Immediate management recommendations
8.2.1  Mitigation of impacts of stormwater discharges to surface waters
8.2.2  Mitigation of shallow flow impacts upon the Peconic Estuary
8.2.3  Sewage treatment
8.2.4  Suffolk County Sanitary Code adherence
8.2.5  Transfer of development rights
8.2.6  Clustering of residential development
8.2.7  Core Preservation Area wetlands water quality management
8.2.8  Public supply and agricultural well screening guidance
8.2.9  Establishment of a central hydrological data repository
8.3  Intermediate term management recommendations
8.3.1  Water level and chemical modeling of significant wetlands
8.3.2  Fate of pollutant modeling and wetland restoration
8.4  Long term management recommendations
8.4.1  Sensitivity analysis of Core Preservation Area wetlands
8.4.2  Monitoring of water resource impacts of management programs
8.4.3  Delineation of the Carmans and Forge Rivers' contributing areas
8.4.4  Regional deep flow groundwater modeling

9.  Other Policies
9.1  Legislative recommendations for full implementation of the Plan
9.1.1  Addition to the Environmental Conservation Law Section 57-0107(13) addressing certain roadfront Core Preservation Area parcels
9.1.2  Changes to the Environmental Conservation Law Section 57-0123(3) addressing Core Preservation Area hardship applications
9.1.3  Addition to the Environmental Conservation Law Section 57-0123(2) addressing Compatible Growth Area applications
9.1.4  Assistance to local fire districts
9.1.5 Legislative recommendation for establishing a list of state or public corporation projects which are to be deemed as not constituting “development”.  (Note: this section was added by Plan amendment of 10/20/04.)
9.2  Calverton redevelopment policy
9.3  North Shore Properties policy

10.  Commission Structure and Operation
10.1  Functions of the Commission
10.2  Future Commission efforts and staffing

11.  Severability

Appendix A:  Commission resolution of 1/13/95

Appendix B:  Development of a Prescribed Burning Plan

Appendix C:  Natural Resource Management Bibliography

List of Figures

(Note: Those figures listed as maps are not currently shown in this
online version of the Plan. Please see the printed version for these items.)

Figure 2-1:  Central Pine Barrens statutory areas  (map)
Figure 2-2:  Pine Barrens Protection Act statutory activities to date
Figure 3-1:  Public domain lands in the Pine Barrens  (map)
Figure 3-2:  Private undeveloped parcels in the Pine Barrens  (map)
Figure 3-3:  Pine Barrens acquisition projection of committed funds
Figure 4-1:  Summary of Critical Resource Areas in the Central Pine Barrens
Figure 4-2:  Map of Critical Resource Areas along the Carmans River
Figure 4-3:  Map of Critical Resource Areas south of County Route 111
Figure 4-4:  Map of Critical Resource Areas in Riverside-Flanders
Figure 4-5:  Map of Critical Resource Areas in Red Creek vicinity
Figure 4-6:  Map of Critical Resource Areas in Westhampton vicinity
Figure 5-1:  Clearance standards
Figure 5-2:  Planting recommendations
Figure 6-1:  Pine Barrens Credit Program development yield factors
Figure 6-2:  Pine Barrens Credit allocation examples
Figure 6-3:  Brookhaven Residential Overlay District receiving area map
Figure 6-4:  Riverhead receiving area map
Figure 6-5:  Riverhead receiving area parcels
Figure 6-6:  Southampton zoning and Pine Barrens Credit illustration
Figure 6-7:  Southampton receiving area map
Figure 6-8:  Southampton receiving area parcels
Figure 9-1:  Core Preservation Area residential nondevelopment parcel list
Figure B-1:  Suggested structure of a fire management plan

Volume 2: Existing Conditions

Generic Environmental Impact Statement

SEQRA Findings Statement