Image via WikipediaTheMetalChick mentioned it in a comment, and I was struck by it, too. During the Re-Zoning (Grandstanding) Hearing, Councilman Santino was talking about the bus service proposed by the Lighthouse for the site, and he incredulously asked the Lighthouse if they intended to change the car-centric culture of Long Island. Suddenly, a roar came up from the crowd....and Mr. Santino changed his line of questioning.
It was a minor line of questioning in an otherwise eventful day, but it underscores an important larger point when it comes to the Lighthouse: the need for a cultural change on Long Island, from the car-centric culture of today to the walkable communities inherent in 21st Century life that should be some sort of component in 21st Century suburbia.
Quickly, I want to take a detour and address an issue with the environmental review:
I mentioned previously that the Lighthouse Project is filing a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS), a normal tactic for projects such as this that provides maximum flexibility while adhering to a larger vision. We know that negotiations are likely coming up, and some readers began wondering what that meant for an environmental review.
I did some research on this, and I think I have the answer. As you recall, SEQRA allows for a developer to file an FGEIS for the following reasons:
- A number of separate actions in a given geographic area which, if considered singly, may have minor impacts, but if considered together may have significant impacts;
- A sequence of actions, contemplated by a single agency or individual;
- Separate actions having generic or common impacts; or
- An entire program or plan having wide application or restricting the range of future alternative policies or projects, including new or significant changes to existing land use plans, development plans, zoning regulations or agency comprehensive resource management plans. (Source)