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200 E. Sunrise Highway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
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Town Alters Proposed Mixed-Use Permit Proposal

The Town of Babylon Downtown Revitalization Department announced plans to introduce a new permit at a recent town board meeting. The mixed-use permit will encourage new developments comprised of commercial and residential properties in the same building, much like what can be found in the three villages located within Babylon. 

After receiving comments, suggestions, and concerns from several residents changes were made to several aspects of the permit, which are highlighted below.

Click here for the Resolution 188, which covers the mixed-use permit.

Eligible Properties
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When the mixed-use permit was initially proposed, there were over 7,100 eligible parcels in the town that could be potentially be redeveloped. After applying the restrictions as laid out in the code, and adding additional restrictions to eliminate junkyard areas and areas that clearly would not be a good fit with surrounding neighborhood, there are only 225 parcels that met the new requirements. See above for the map of the new eligible lots. Click here for an enlarged version of the map indicating eligible properties.

Changes Made to the Permit
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Three major changes were made to the mixed-use permit to ensure that it could best serve the Babylon community. See the chart above to see what was changed. (click here for enlarged version).

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why has the Town of Babylon proposed the mixed-use permit? 
A: Allowing small-scale development that undergoes environmental review and protects community character is one of the few methods that local government has to strengthen its financial condition and, specifically in Babylon’s case, retain its Aaa bond rating.

Q: How will the public know if a property owner applies for a mixed-use permit?
A: Applicants will be required to post a sign at the property providing information on what is being proposed and when a public hearing will be held. All mixed-use permits will require a public hearing, which are all advertised in the local newspapers at least 10 days prior to the hearing.

Q: Where are eligible properties primarily located?
A: These parcels are generally located along the Town’s commercial corridors, including Sunrise Highway Service Road, Straight Path, Routes 109 and 100, Deer Park Avenue, Montauk Highway and Great Neck Road.

Q: Will this permit affect traffic in my neighborhood?
A: A traffic study is required with every mixed-use permit application. If an issue is identified, the applicant must amend the plan for the building. Studies show that apartment residents average less car ownership and road travel than single-family homeowners.

Q: Will the mixed-use permit affect emergency services?
A: No, we have worked in concert with our local fire companies, and they are trained to respond to buildings like these that already exist within the town.

Q: Is this Section 8 housing?
A: No, the mixed-use permit is not a Section 8 housing program.