BRIGHTWATERS

The push to revitalize Orinoco Drive

Public will continue to be involved in rezoning process, officials say

Kate Nalepinski
Posted 4/29/21

Brightwaters Planning Board members are looking to rezone the industrial corridor on Orinoco Drive in an effort to revitalize the area.

For many years, the area has been zoned industrial – which …

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BRIGHTWATERS

The push to revitalize Orinoco Drive

Public will continue to be involved in rezoning process, officials say

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Brightwaters Planning Board members are looking to rezone the industrial corridor on Orinoco Drive in an effort to revitalize the area.

For many years, the area has been zoned industrial – which permits its many commercial lots with equipment, trucking companies and more. Mayor John Valdini said the effort to revitalize the road has been in the works for many years and dates back to former mayor Joseph McNulty.

“This area is ripe for development in the future,” Valdini said. “We just want to make sure we have a handle on that development, and we do the right thing.”

The planning board hosted a public meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20, to discuss the industrial area and gather public opinion.

Planning Board chairman Joseph Paliseno said the board has proposed six zones on Orinoco Drive, located on the east and west side of the central business district, each of which will have a designated use. Specific codes would also be established that list permitted uses, Paliseno said.

“At the end of the day, what we’re trying to do is turn the industry zones into business, commercial or residential zones,” Paliseno said.

However, the proposal would need to get approval from village trustees before any modifications to the area can be made. At this time, there’s no timeline for when the project will be reviewed by the village, Paliseno said.

One major takeaway from last Tuesday’s meeting, Paliseno said, was concern that if the area be rezoned as residential that the new properties be maintained. Paliseno feels it just comes down to enforcement.

Former village trustee Carmine Chiappetta said he believes that before the planning board puts forward an official plan, it needs to “aggressively pursue the desires of the community.”

“The people most affected by any development on Orinoco Drive need to be approached about what’s taking place,” Chiappetta said. “They need to be vocal about their opinions so that the will of the community is considered.”

Valdini held similar sentiments, and said he “wants to make sure, as we go forward and look ahead to the future, that residents are involved in this decision.”

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