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Introduction

Melville, NY – The latest step in the formation of an integrated land use, circulation and infrastructure plan for the Melville Employment Center (MEC) is the release of the Draft MEC Plan.

Interested residents, property owners, workers along the Route 110 Corridor and other stakeholders have shared their vision, goals and objectives for the plan at a series of public workshops held throughout Melville over the past year.

“Public input in an important part of the process in crafting a blueprint for the future of Long Island’s downtown,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “We want to know what people who live and work along the Route 110 Corridor would like to see to help make the area even more vibrant.”
“As work and lifestyle patterns change, we want to make sure that the plan that emerges is in step with the times,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. “To do that, we need to know what and how people think.”

The workshops were conducted by the consultant team of BFJ Planning, Urbanomics and Parsons Brinckerhoff, which the Town hired in 2015 on the recommendation of its Melville Plan Advisory Committee. The committee -- composed of representatives of Melville area property owners, real estate brokers, community service providers and community groups -- selected the team after reviewing responses to a request for proposals issued last year. Under the terms of its contract with the town, the consultant team conducted a series of public workshops as it put together the plan over the course of the past year.

The broad mandate for the plan is to examine the many complex issues facing the Melville area and to define an action agenda for future development and redevelopment.

Among the specific topics covered by the Plan are:
  • Land use and Zoning, including office/employment uses, industrial uses, residential uses, mixed uses and open space;
  • Circulation, including traffic congestion, pedestrian connectivity and enhanced transit service;
  • Community Facilities and Services, including sewage capacity for new developments and area-wide storm management, as well as assessing the effect on property tax revenues from office/industrial development versus the potential impacts on schools from new residential development;
  • Design, including standards for new development.
The Draft Plan is available to the public online, or may be viewed during normal business hours in the Planning & Environment Department, Room 212, Town Hall.