A SIMPLE SUGGESTION?
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin. –
Merely suggesting the creation of a Zoning Task Force for Kings Park may sound like a simple solution, but I think it is more complicated, requiring the collective input by the variety of Smithtown stakeholders and the limited involvement by the Town Board.
I applaud the Town Board’s discussion to consider a Task Force to deal with one of the many issues and concerns that effect Smithtown residents’ lifestyle. Moreover, I believe that there are many other pieces or moveable parts that affect our quality of life, including; the environment, the absence of a Master Plan, Smart Growth Development, to name a few, that must also be administered to and dealt with to enhance Smithtown’s future growth and development.
In your March 10 editorial, Say No to Committee For Land Use, you wrote; “It is time for Town Board members to step up to the plate and provide that leadership. It is time for the Town Board to take ownership of the area’s problems and to take responsibility for finding a resolution.” I do not agree that the Town Board should take a leadership role. Moreover, the Town Government should accept the strategies or recommendations of SPADA and assist in its implementation, where and when necessary, utilizing available resources.” To do otherwise, is rather like the “tail wagging the dog.”
Therefore, I offer a plan to consider all of the Towns issues in an ordered, realistic, effective and efficient manner, not just for Kings Park, but all of Smithtown. I propose the creation of a Smithtown Planning And Development Association (SPADA.) (Please see attached.) I am available to act as a facilitator and/or Coordinator of this noble venture with like-minded groups and organizations. I have some experience in developing and producing such an undertaking and offer my assistance towards implementing this Association. For further information, please contact me, Email:
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Richard S. Macellaro
Community Leader Letter
Dear Community Leader/Representative.
In recent newspaper and media outlets reports and editorials, a discussion is beginning to percolate regarding the need for a task force to deal with one specific issue, Kings Park Industrial Re-Zoning. I believe that there are many more issues, which are effecting Smithtown’s future growth and development and a one-issue task force is not the answer.
Rather, a multi-faceted approach to effectively and efficiently correct some, if not most of Smithtown’s difficulties is required. Therefore, I propose that community and business leaders, like-minded, concerned grass roots groups and organizations, as well as any other interested stakeholder, create a strategic planning association for all of Smithtown.
I propose establishing a Smithtown Planning And Development Association (SPADA.) The mission of SPADA would be: To generate plans for Smithtown’s future growth and development: To enhance quality of life interests, To provide for resident’s safety, To protect the environment and To secure financial stability and resources.
Further, I suggest that this Association organize itself without elected officials’ leadership, but rather in partnership with them. As concluded by The American Planning Association (APA) in their recently conducted national poll entitled, ‘Planning in America: Perceptions and Priorities.’ “The results clearly established 3 levels. The top choices: (1) neighborhood representatives and business professionals. (2) In the middle, community planners, economists, and not-for-profit professionals. (3) At the bottom of the list were elected leaders, environmentalists, and academic experts.” Additionally, “Not only do these results emphasize the importance of local communities in planning for their own futures, but it underscores the critical need for collaboration in the planning process.”
Certainly, the topics that I have highlighted, are just a few of the issues and concerns that exist. You may wish to add your own or those of your organization’s area of interest. The Kings Park re-zoning issue is just a start. In addition, I do not advocate excluding the Town Government as it is an integral part of implementing any actions as determined by the proposed Planning Association. Rather than the “tail wagging the dog,” Town Government should accept the strategies or recommendations of SPADA and assist in its implementation, where and when necessary, utilizing available resources.
Therefore, attached please find a plan, a proposal to organize a SPADA. I present it to you for your review and to begin discussing its merit, and if warranted, it’s implementation. If you decide to start up a group of committed individuals to redesign Smithtown’s future growth and development, I would like to be part of this initiative. I am available to act as a facilitator and/or coordinator of this noble venture. I have some experience in developing and growing such an undertaking.
For a copy of SPADA email Richard MaceFam4@optonline.net” MaceFam4@optonline.net
Richard S. Macellaro