Frequently Asked Questions

 

Updated As Necessary After February 4, 2014 Public Hearing and Comment Period

  1. What is the status of Country Pointe at Plainview?

    2/4/15: On February 3, 2015, the Town of Oyster Bay Town Board adopted Resolution No. 56-2015 which was a resolution pertaining to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in connection with the application of Plainview Properties, SPE, LLC, fee owner, and Beechwood POB LLC, contract vendee, for a Change of Zone, Rescission of Restrictive Covenants and Site Plan Approval, Plainview, NY. The application process will continue to move along. If you have any questions, please contact us by clicking here.

    You can review the DEIS documents at:

    http://www.vhb.com/countrypointeatplainviewdeis

    You can review the FEIS documents at:

    http://www.vhb.com/countrypointeatplainviewfeis

    6/18/14: The public comment period on the Country Pointe at Plainview application which was heard by the Town of Oyster Bay on February 4, 2014 is now closed. The consultants for Beechwood POB LLC are now in the process of reviewing the comments received in preparation for the completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which will then be forwarded to the Town and its consultants for review.

    2/6/14: On February 4th, 2014 the Town Board of the Town of Oyster Bay held a hearing for rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval for the proposed Country Pointe at Plainview development. The attorney for Beechwood POB LLC made a presentation to the Board and members of the public addressed the Board with their questions and comments. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Town of Oyster Bay Town Board decided to keep the record open for 60 days for additional public comments. At the end of the public comments period, the hearing will be closed. Thereafter the developer will respond to questions raised at and after the hearing and the revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement shall be delivered to the Town and its consultants for review.

    1/7/14: Last month we announced that the Town of Oyster Bay was in the process of scheduling a hearing on the Beechwood POB LLC applications for rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval. The Town of Oyster Bay has scheduled the hearing for the proposed Country Pointe at Plainview development to be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School, which is located at 100 Washington Avenue in Plainview. We appreciate your continued interest and support. If you would like additional information about the hearing, please contact us at info@beechwoodhomes.com. Thank you.

    12/11/13: We appreciate your interest in Country Pointe at Plainview. As you may know, Beechwood POB LLC has submitted applications for rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval to the Town of Oyster Bay and we wanted to update you on the status of that application. We anticipate that the Town will set the rescheduled hearing date for this application for February 4, 2014. We will update this Website once the date, time and location have been confirmed.

    4/24/13: The Town of Oyster Bay hearing on the application for Country Pointe at Plainview which was scheduled for Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Mattlin Middle School has been postponed.

    As you are aware, Beechwood POB LLC has submitted an application for rezoning, site plan and subdivision approval for a mixed use community known as Country Pointe at Plainview. An extensive Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was prepared and submitted to the Town of Oyster Bay. The Town determined that the DEIS was adequate for purposes of public review and scheduled a meeting on the application for April 29, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

    The hearing was to be the culmination of several years of hard work. During that time, we worked hard to formulate a plan to provide a much needed lifestyle and homes to people who desired to remain in the area, but no longer wanted the responsibility of living in and maintaining a large home. Our plan also includes bringing much needed revenue to the Plainview Old Bethpage School District and the Town of Oyster Bay. We have worked closely with the Sports Groups to devise a plan in which 45 acres would be dedicated to the Town, providing more space for sports fields and a permanent location for sports clubs. We also created a walking trail for all residents to enjoy.

    As part of our commitment to public awareness and open communication, Beechwood has been and continues to conduct a widespread community outreach campaign. In addition to our door to door campaign, meetings with community leaders, sports club representatives, and business and community groups, we have personally met with hundreds of Plainview Old Bethpage and Town of Oyster Bay residents over the past few weeks. As a result of our community outreach, we have become aware that a great deal of misinformation, and exaggerations has been disseminated to the public.
    We have met with the Town of Oyster Bay officials and we have jointly determined that in order to ensure that complete and accurate information is provided to the community and that those interested in the application have enough time to review the DEIS, the hearing on the Country Pointe at Plainview application scheduled for April 29, 2013 will be postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause Plainview Old Bethpage and Town of Oyster Bay residents.
    If you would like additional information about Country Pointe at Plainview, the DEIS, and updates on the hearing and application, please visit our website at CountryPointePlainview.com.

    Thank you for your interest in Country Pointe at Plainview.

    4/12/13: On April 9, 2013, The Town Board of the Town of Oyster Bay determined that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) filed with the Town for Country Pointe at Plainview was adequate for purposes of review by the public. The Town Board is holding a public hearing on the DEIS on April 29, 2013 at 7 P.M. at the Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, 100 Washington Avenue, Plainview, New York.

    3/14/12: The Town of Oyster Bay held a Scoping Session on March 13, 2012 to receive community input into the issues that should be considered in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed rezoning and redevelopment of the 143 acre property. At that time members of the community were given an opportunity to address their concerns. Click here to view a copy of the Scoping Memorandum from the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Environmental Resources as well as the draft scope submitted to the Town.

    2/27/12: As part of the approval process The Town of Oyster Bay issued a Positive Declaration on January 17, 2012 for the proposed Country Pointe at Plainview and therefore a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (‘DEIS’) will be prepared in accordance with the guidelines established at the Town of Oyster Bay “Scoping Hearing.” The Town of Oyster Bay has scheduled a ‘Scoping Hearing’ for Country Pointe at Plainview on March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

  2. Where is the Country Pointe at Plainview property located?

    The 144-acre property is located at the intersection of the southerly side of Old Country Road and westerly side of Round Swamp Road, just south of the Long Island Expressway in Plainview.

  3. Who is the builder?

    Michael Dubb, born and raised on Long Island, is the principal and founder of the Beechwood Organization. Beechwood is based in Jericho, New York and has built more than 6,000 residential homes in over 55 lifestyle communities. The Beechwood Organization is commonly known for their communities built under the names Country Pointe and Meadowbrook Pointe.

  4. What is this site currently approved for?

    The current approvals allow for the development of 420,000 square feet of large office buildings and single-family residential dwellings. Beechwood does not intend to build any large office buildings.

  5. What are the plans for this site?

    The Beechwood Organization has met with key community groups and leaders as well as town officials to solicit feedback regarding their vision for the property. Using that feedback and information derived from discussions with professional land planners, architects, engineers and economists, Beechwood has formulated a conceptual plan. The conceptual plan had been reviewed with community groups and leaders prior to the mid-May 2012 submission of plans and rezoning application to the Town. The revised proposal after receiving input from the public hearing and comment period consists of multi-use neighborhood with a residential and retail component and several ponds throughout the site, as well as 43+ contiguous acres to be donated for community recreation. As proposed, approximately 70% of the total 792 units will be age restricted (over 55) market rate housing. The community will boast a 25,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse complete with two outdoor pools, a fitness center, har-tru tennis courts and bocce ball as well as 118,450 sq. ft. of Retail Development featuring anchor tenant Shop Rite.

  6. What Tax Revenue is estimated to be generated from Country Pointe at Plainview?

    Based upon the proposal which was revised after the public hearing and public comment period, the projected tax revenue shows an estimated increase of over $16,000,000 over the current tax revenue as a result of the proposed development. The estimated increased revenue to the School District is $10,900,000. The estimated increased revenue to the Town is almost $2,500,000. There will be private refuse disposal and private roadway maintenance so Town Services will not be required for these items. The estimated increased revenue to the County is over $2,500,000.

  7. What additional commitments have been made by the developer?

    Beechwood POB LLC worked with various community organizations and associations to identify additional needs and concerns in connection with the Country Pointe at Plainview application including:

    Dedicating 43+ contiguous acres throughout the site for public use and recreation

    Increasing the setback along Round Swamp Road from 100 feet to 125 feet

    Dedicating 1 acre at the intersection of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road to be used as an entrance to Plainview- Old Bethpage

    Adding an additional 5.5 acres of open space at the southeasterly boundary of the property

    A jogging/walking trail at the perimeter of the development connecting to Trail View State Park

    Traffic mitigation plans for Old Country Road, Long Island Expressway Service Roads and NYS Route 135 ramp

    $6,000,000 voluntary donation to the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District above and beyond the estimated increases in tax revenue

    $150,000 voluntary donation to the Plainview Fire Department in addition to cooperation with their request for approvals for an Emergency Preemption System

    Relocation of Senior affordable units

  8. Where are the ingress & egresses to and from the Shopping Center located?

    A proposed 1.2-acre, 2-mile walking/fitness trail (including benches, directional signs and exercise stations) will surround the residential and recreational component and will be located within the perimeter buffer of the property. The proposed walking/fitness trail would be open and accessible to the public and connect to Trail View State Park.

  9. Where is the Walking Trail located?

    A proposed 1.2-acre, 2-mile walking/fitness trail (including benches, directional signs and exercise stations) will surround the residential and recreational component and will be located within the perimeter buffer of the property. The proposed walking/fitness trail would be open and accessible to the public and connect to Trail View State Park.

  10. What are the traffic mitigation measures proposed by the developers?

    A full traffic study was completed and updated with actual traffic counts which are found in the FEIS. While Canon was not open at the time the traffic counts were taken for the DEIS. It was open when the actual counts were taken for the FEIS. These counts showed that the current morning peak traffic was approximately 71% of which was projected in the DEIS and the current existing afternoon peak hour traffic is approximately 68% of what was projected.

    Included in the DEIS is a Traffic Impact Analysis Report which identifies seven signalized intersections with recommended mitigation needs if the proposed Country Pointe at Plainview development is built. Those seven intersections are as follows:

    1. LIE North Service Road & Round Swamp Road
    2. LIE South Service Road & Round Swamp Road
    3. Old Country Road & Round Swamp Road
    4. Old Bethpage Road & Round Swamp Road
    5. Old Country Road & Manetto Hill Road/Plainview Road
    6. Old Country Road & NY 135 NB Ramp
    7. Old Country Road & NY 135 SB Ramp.

    This report found four of the impacted intersections (Old Country Road & Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage Road & Round Swamp Road, Old Country Road & Manetto Hill Road/Plainview Road and Old Country Road & NY 135NB Ramp) can be mitigated with changes in signalization and signal timing parameters, such as cycle, phase-splits and signal progression. Three other signalized intersections (LIE North Service Road & Round Swamp Road, LIE South Service Road & Round Swamp Road and Old Country Road & NY 135 SB Ramp) would require physical changes such as lane widening, additional lanes added as well as changes in signalization and signal timing parameters, such as cycle, phase-splits and signal progression.

    With these recommended roadway improvements in place, traffic generated by the proposed development can be accommodated by the adjacent roadway network and is anticipated to improve conditions in some areas, possibly reduce the potential for accidents and provide levels of service that are equal to or better than those that would exist without the development. Beechwood POB LLC has committed to fully fund the design and construction of these roadway improvement measures.

    Click Here to view a chart taken from the DEIS summarizing the Proposed Traffic Mitigation in connection with the Country Pointe at Plainview Application.

  11. What are the buffers along Round Swamp Rd?

    After input from the public hearing and public comment, the proposed 100 foot buffer has been increased to a 125 foot wide vegetated buffer along the westerly side of Round Swamp Road which is proposed to contain a portion of the perimeter walking/fitness trail, as well as an additional 5.5 acres of open space at the southeasterly boundary of the property.

  12. What is the percentage of the property to be used by the general public for Recreation & open space?

    The revised proposal after input from the public hearing and comment period provides as follows:

    43 acres dedicated to the Town of Oyster Bay for recreational use.
    1 acre located at the corner of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road for a passive open area with community signage.
    8.55 acres along Round Swamp Road which is a 100 foot buffer which will contain a community walking/fitness trail. At the request of the Town of Oyster Bay, this acreage will remain undisturbed (except for the fitness trail open to the public but maintained by the development).
    4.42 acres along the southerly boundary line to remain undisturbed (other than the walking trail). At the request of the Town of Oyster Bay, this acreage will remain undisturbed, open to the public and maintained by the development.
    5.51 additional open space located at the south easterly boundary of the property. This results in a total of 62.48 acres of recreational/open space and over 44% of the property will be either dedicated to the town or remain undisturbed.

  13. What are the impacts on the school district?

    Since 235 proposed units will not be age restricted and will be limited to 2 bedrooms, it is anticipated the development will produce approximately 36-50 school age children. This will result in a net increase of tax revenue of $9,000,000 after deducting the cost of educating 50 school age children.

    The developer has met with the Plainview Old Bethpage School District to alleviate any educational concerns. The developer and the School District have negotiated an agreement which provides for that if the developer receives final approvals in accordance within application it will make a voluntary $6,000,000 contribution to the School District.

  14. Why are the proposed Golden Age homes located in a location different from the other residential homes?

    After receiving input from the public hearing and the public comment period, the location of the Golden Age homes is no longer in the retail area and has been relocated to the west of the main driveway along Old Country Road and adjacent to a residential area.

  15. Does the proposal include workforce or next generation housing?

    No. The application currently proposes 79 Golden Age homes.

  16. How does Country Pointe at Plainview’s density compare to other developments within the township of Oyster Bay?

    The revised Country Pointe at Plainview residential density decreased to 6.1 units per acre. The residential density of The Seasons at Plainview is 14.6 units per acre. The residential density of the Seasons of Massapequa is 12.6 units per acre. The residential density at Knolls at Melville is 13.9 units per acre. The residential density of the Hamlet of Old Oyster Bay is 6.7 units per acre.

  17. How will the 43 acres dedicated to the Town of Oyster Bay be accessed?

    It is anticipated that the proposed 43 acres of open space will be accessed from the existing signalized entrance from Old Country Road.

  18. What community outreach was done by the developer?

    Beechwood POB LLC has made community outreach and communication a priority for this development. In addition to creating this website about the proposed development where visitors can send questions and request information, Beechwood conducted a door-to-door outreach campaign in the nearby neighborhoods knocking on over 800 neighbors doors surrounding the property distributing informational literature and answering questions. Click Here to view the streets visited during the door-to-door outreach campaign. On February 7, 2013, Beechwood held an open house/ informational meeting at the Race Palace in Plainview for over 400 attendees. Additionally, Beechwood Representatives were also available to explain and answer any questions the public may have at 2 ShopRite Stores located in Plainview on multiple days prior to and leading up to the application’s public hearing.

    Michael Dubb and Beechwood Senior Management personnel have met with numerous community leaders, organizations and individuals to introduce the company, discuss the proposed development and answer questions. Beechwood Representatives has met with representatives from CCOPBC, Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, Plainview-Old Bethpage Soccer Club, Plainview Sports Council, Plainview Fire Department, Plainview-Old Bethpage School Board, Plainview Water District, and the Mid Island Y Jewish Community Center as well as individual and group meetings with other community residents.

  19. If Beechwood can’t sell houses to 55+ buyers, will it ask the Town for the age restriction to be lifted?

    Rumors that Beechwood recently had the age restriction lifted at its Meadowbrook Pointe development in Westbury are misleading. Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury is an active adult community and the initial approval from the Town of Hempstead included a minimum age restriction of 55 years old (if a couple, one person was required to be 55 or older). Based upon that initial approval if a couple purchased a home and the spouse who was 55 years old or older passed away, the surviving spouse could not remain in the development if they were under 55 years of age. In addition, many couples with no school-aged children who had not yet reached the age of 55 were interested in purchasing homes at Meadowbrook Pointe. As a result of these factors, in 2008 Beechwood received permission from the Town of Hempstead to lower the age restriction at the Development from 55 years old to 48 years old for no more than 20% of the homes in the development, provided that the purchasers do not have school-aged children. This rule was not invented by Beechwood (it exists elsewhere in the country), nor was it an exception given to Beechwood because of slow home sales.

    An article on the rule and its use by Beechwood can be found at the following link:
    Newsday article on Meadowbrook Pointe
    Long Island Business News article on Meadowbrook Pointe

  20. After the Development is approved, can Beechwood turn Country Pointe at Plainview into rentals?

    Beechwood has absolutely no intention to build a rental community at Country Pointe at Plainview. Furthermore, the municipal approvals Beechwood is seeking will specify that ONLY for-sale housing can be built at Country Pointe. The only way Beechwood could build a rental community there is if it went back to the Town of Oyster Bay for a zoning change, which would require a public hearing publicized in accordance with Town of Oyster Bay requirements.

  21. Will Country Pointe at Plainview have enough resources to handle potential increases in public services such as garbage pickup, snow removal and fire department?

    Private roads within a private community will mean private garbage pickup as well as private snow removal. Beechwood presently is meeting with the various public service providers including the fire department.

  22. Why is Country Pointe at Plainview different than Old Plainview?

    Old Plainview included an additional 22 acres north of Old Country Road and proposed rental units, a hotel and a lodge. The Beechwood Organization met with key community leaders as well as town officials to solicit feedback about their vision for the property before a land planner, engineer, or architect began work designing the proposed Country Pointe development. Rentals or hotel buildings are not anticipated to be part of the Country Pointe at Plainview design plan. Beechwood anticipates proposing a less dense, mixed-use, residential community in harmony with Plainview/Old Bethpage’s vision.

  23. What is Charles Wang’s involvement in the development?

    The property is currently owned by a limited liability company owned by Charles Wang. If Country Pointe at Plainview is approved, Beechwood POB LLC (a company controlled by Beechwood) will purchase the property.

  24. What are the estimated sales prices of the units?

    Although we do not know what the market rate will be at the time of commencement of sales, it is estimated that sales price will start in the range of $500,000 plus for the market rate units. The sales prices for Golden Age units shall be determined after discussions with the Town of Oyster Bay.

  25. How do I get more information about Country Pointe at Plainview?

    Please click here to complete a contact form so that the Beechwood Organization can update you as more information becomes available.

  26. What happens if Country Pointe at Plainview is not approved?

    The as-of-right development for the premises is Two Office Buildings totaling 420,000 square feet and single family residential homes. If the proposed development is not approved the property in all likelihood would be developed pursuant to the as-of-right plan.

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