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Suffolk County Planning Commission

The Suffolk County Planning Commission has the responsibility to:

In addition, the Planning Commission may, on request of any town or village in Suffolk County, furnish a town or village with requested planning services.

  • Review local zoning actions and site plans meeting certain jurisdictional requirements
  • Prepare a Comprehensive Plan for Suffolk County;
  • Conduct studies and render reports as are needed in the performance of its functions;
  • Report annually to the legislature on the status of the County;

Each town and village in Suffolk County that has the jurisdiction to adopt or amend zoning regulations, issue special permits and variances, or approve subdivision plats and condominiums must refer to the Suffolk County Planning Commission any municipal zoning or subdivision action within the Commission’s jurisdiction.

Under Suffolk County law, the Suffolk County Planning Commission is comprised of 15 members who are each nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Legislature. Each of the ten Suffolk County towns is represented by one commission member. In addition, one commission member represents incorporated villages with populations under 5,000, one member represents villages with populations over 5,000, and there are three at-large members. County law also requires that the commission members collectively reflect a variety of backgrounds including law, business, real estate, labor, environmental action, and transportation.

The current members of the Suffolk County Planning Commission are:
Name Reperesenting
Jennifer Casey, Chair Town of Huntington
Adrienne Esposito, Vice-Chair Villages over 5,000 Population
Samuel Chu, 2nd Vice-Chair Town of Babylon
Michael Kelly Town of Brookhaven
(vacant) Town of East Hampton
Matthew Chartrand Town of Islip
John Condzella Town of Riverhead
Nicholas Gould Morehead Town of Shelter Island
John Finn Town of Smithtown
(vacant) Town of Southampton
Thomas J. McCarthy Town of Southold
Michael Kaufman Villages under 5,000 Population
Rodney Anderson At Large
Errol Kitt At Large
Kevin G. Gershowitz At Large

Meetings of the Suffolk County Planning Commission are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.


Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Planning Commission is any real property lying within one mile of an airport or within 500 feet from:

  • The boundary of any village or town;
  • The boundary of any existing or proposed county, state or federal park or other recreation area;
  • The right-of-way of any existing or proposed county or state parkway, thruway, expressway, road or highway;
  • Existing or proposed right-of-way of any stream or drainage channel owned by the county or for which the county has established channel lines;
  • The existing or proposed boundary of any other county, state, or federally owned land held or to be held for governmental use; or
  • The Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, any bay in Suffolk County or estuary of any of the foregoing bodies of water; or which would change the district classification of or the regulations applying to real property lying wholly or partially within the Suffolk County Pine Barrens Zone as described in the Charter.

The Suffolk County Planning Commission must act upon the referral of a municipal action within 45 days of the receipt of a full statement of the proposed action. In conducting its review, the Suffolk County Planning Commission's primary interest is to protect the public interest and investment. The Commission also provides local officials with the planning expertise of the County Planning staff and the experience of the County Planning Commission on inter-municipal and area-wide impacts of proposed municipal actions.

By resolution, the Planning Commission may: approve the proposed action without change, approve the action with modifications, approve the action subject to conditions, or disapprove the proposed action. All decisions by the Commission (except approvals) must be accompanied by a report which explicitly states the reasons for the Commission's decisions to help the municipality evaluate the proposed action. If the Planning Commission does not act upon a proposed municipal zoning action within the 45 day period, the action shall be deemed to have been approved.

When the Planning Commission approves a proposed zoning or subdivision action, the municipality may adopt the action in the ordinary course of municipal business. When the Planning Commission disapproves the action or approves the action with changes or conditions, then the municipality may amend the proposed action in accordance with the Planning Commission's recommendations and adopt it in the ordinary course of municipal business. But if the municipality declines to adopt one or all of the Commission's recommendations, it can adopt the original proposal in a resolution that explicitly sets forth its reasons for not adopting the Planning Commission's recommendations. A decision of disapproval from the Suffolk County Planning Commission can be overridden upon an affirmative vote of a majority-plus-one of the entire membership of the referring body.

The following key map shows the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Planning Commission. Click on a section of the map to see a PDF of the Jurisdictional Map for that area:

Jurisdictional Key Map


Fees

The Suffolk County Administrative Code, Section A14-26 requires the Suffolk County Planning Commission to collect a fee for each zoning or subdivision action referred to the Planning Commission, with the exception of comprehensive plans.


Reports

The Suffolk County Administrative Code, Section A14-6 requires the Suffolk County Planning Commission to prepare and release an Annual Report for the County Executive and County Legislature. The annual report chronicles the activities of the Commission and includes a “survey of conditions in the county.” The Suffolk County Planning Commission’s Annual Reports and other reports authored by the County Planning staff can be found at the publications page of the Suffolk County Division of Planning and Environment.

The Suffolk County Planning Commission has adopted the Suffolk County Planning Commission Guidebook as its rules and regulations relating to referral procedures, policies, and standards that the Commission applies to proposals in reaching its decisions. The most recent update to the guidebook was released in 2012.

The Suffolk County Planning Commission occasionally authors other reports or model codes on various topics, to help inform municipalities and the public:

Year Title
2015 Model Utility Solar Code
2015 Proposed Recommendations to PSEG/LIPA RE: Utility Solar Installations
2014 Model Geothermal Permitting Code
2011 Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative (LIUSPI)
2011 Managing Stormwater – Natural Vegetation and Green Methodologies
2010 Model Universal Design Incentive Local Ordinance

Meetings

The Suffolk County Planning Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. The meetings are held at one of the following locations:

  • Arthur Kunz Memorial Library, Suffolk County Division of Planning and Environment, 2nd Floor, H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY.
  • Rose Caracappa Auditorium, William Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, NY
  • Maxine S. Postal Auditorium, Evans K. Griffing Building, Riverhead County Center, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY.
  • Other location; see Notice for details.

The Suffolk County Planning Commission updated its Rules of Proceedings for its meetings.

Below, you may view a Suffolk County Planning Commission meeting notice, meeting agenda, staff reports, meeting summary, or resolutions. Audio recordings of the Suffolk County Planning Commission are available upon request.


2019 SCPC Meetings

MEETING DATE NOTICE AGENDA STAFF REPORTS MEETING SUMMARY AUDIO Minutes+ RESOLUTIONS
2019
January 8, 2019 (2) Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary    
February 6, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary    
March 6, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary    
 April 3, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary    
 May 1, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff Report Summary    
 June 5, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff Report Summary    
 July 10, 2019 * Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary    
 August 7, 2019 Notice Agenda Staff reports Summary  
 September 4, 2019 Notice Agenda   Summary    
 October 2, 2019 Notice Agenda   Summary    
 November 6, 2019 Notice Agenda   Summary    
 December 4, 2019 Notice Agenda   Summary    
 January 8, 2020 Notice Agenda   Summary    

2018 SCPC Meetings

MEETING DATE NOTICE AGENDA SUMMARY AUDIO Minutes+
2018
January 3, 2018 (2) MEETING CANCELED Notice Agenda Summary  
February 7, 2018 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
March 7, 2018 (2) MEETING CANCELED Notice Agenda Summary  
March 15, 2018 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
April 4, 2018 (2) MEETING CANCELED Notice Agenda Summary  
May 2, 2018 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
June 6, 2018 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
July 11, 2018 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
August 1, 2018 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
September 12, 2018 (4) MEETING CANCELED Notice Agenda Summary  
October 10, 2018 (4) Notice Agenda Summary  
November 7, 2018 (3) MEETING CANCELLED Notice Agenda Summary  
November 15, 2018 (4) Notice Agenda Summary  
December 5,2018 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  

 


 

2017 SCPC Meetings

MEETING DATE NOTICE AGENDA SUMMARY AUDIO Minutes+
2017
January 4, 2017 (2)*
* Notice: New Time 10:00
Notice Agenda Summary  
February 1, 2017 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
March 1, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
April 5, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
May 3, 2017 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
June 7, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
July 12, 2017 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
August 2, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
September 13, 2017 (4) MEETING CANCELED Notice Agenda Summary  
September 15, 2017 (1) (Work Session - Heartland Town Square) Notice      
September 19, 2017 (2) (Public Hearing - Heartland Town Square) MEETING CANCELED Notice      
September 25, 2017 (2) MEETING CANCELED Notice      
October 4, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  
November 1, 2017 (3) Notice Agenda Summary  
December 6, 2017 (2) Notice Agenda Summary  

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Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901