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Vote on special use permit for The Preserve at Indian Hills expected in August

Business by: Chrissy Ruggeri, July 23, 2022

An aerial view of the northernmost part of The Preserve at Indian Hills, indicating two areas where luxury condos would be built. Image via Northwind Group website.

The Town of Huntington Planning Department received the awaited report from H2M Architects & Engineers regarding The Preserve at Indian Hills application, which was published on the town website on July 11.

The project, first proposed in 2016, includes a retirement community along the Indian Hills golf course in Fort Salonga. “The applicant is currently before the ZBA seeking a Special Use Permit to retain the existing accessory structures, replace the existing clubhouse with a new clubhouse, renovate the existing golf pro shop and fitness center, and make modifications to several holes of the existing 18-hole golf course,” the report states.

“Furthermore, the applicant has filed a subdivision application and has received preliminary subdivision approval from the Town of Huntington Planning Board, in connection with the development of residential housing on the golf course.” The subdivision includes 74 townhouses for people aged 55 or older, which will be located on the perimeter of the golf course.

The report was added to The Preserve at Indian Hills folder on the town's shared drive for applications before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and Planning Board. Tony Aloisio, Director of Planning and Environment, emailed the report to interested parties, including the Fort Salonga Property Owners Association, on July 13.

While a date has not yet been scheduled, the earliest the ZBA could entertain a vote on the Special Use Permit for The Preserve at Indian Hills application is August 11, which is 31 days after the report was published on the town’s shared drive.

The ZBA adjourned its previously scheduled April 28 decision on a Special Use Permit for The Preserve at Indian Hills application until 30 days after the consultant’s report was received and posted on the town website.

On January 13, the ZBA held a public hearing on The Preserve at Indian Hills application, which lasted nearly five hours. Chairman Jerry Asher closed the public comment period after the hearing was held but postponed a decision until a report could be prepared by a consultant hired by the Town, H2M Architects & Engineers, to weigh in on the application, including gathering information and research to address questions raised by the public and ZBA board members.

At the close of the April 21 ZBA Meeting, Chairman Asher stated that the report being prepared by H2M Architects & Engineers had not been received by the town and therefore the ZBA would not be making a decision, as previously planned, at its April 28 meeting. The town announced on April 26 that Chairman Asher extended the timeframe for a ZBA vote to 30 days after the report was posted on the website.

On its website, the Northwind Group describes The Preserve at Indian Hills as luxury living that’s not just a condo, but a castle: “Located on Long Island’s Gold Coast, the Preserve at Indian Hills is an extraordinary golf course community in Fort Salonga that offers privacy, security, and serenity for 55-and-better residents. Featuring a state-of-the-art clubhouse, the Indian Hills golf course waterfront location offers some of Long Island’s most breathtaking views.” The suggested starting price is $1.2 million.

The H2M Architects & Engineers report can be found here. Documents related to the project can be found on the Town of Huntington website here.