YAPHANK - In a rare instance of cooperation, a group of environmentalists and developers have unveiled today a revised plan aimed at protecting the Carmans River.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, the project has been in the works for more than a year. Dick Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, says the plan preserves 13,000 acres on the left and right sides of the Carmans River, which runs 10-and-a-half miles from Middle Island to the Great South Bay. Development that would have happened there will now be moved to other sites within the town.
Not everyone, however, is on board with the compromise.
MaryAnn Johnston represents 40 different civic associations, which she says have been shut out of the process.
"The community has a right to plan its future, and we don't cede that right to developers, environmentalists, or the Town of Brookhaven," she says.
The town board is expected to accept the plan next Tuesday. After that, an environmental review will begin and the date for a public hearing will be set.