The Town of Islip, recognizing the importance of enhancing the community identity of the Bayport hamlet, commissioned a study to guide development recommendations for its three commercial areas: Montauk Highway, the Industrial area along Rajon Road, and Bayport’s historic hamlet center on Middle Road. Bayport is known as a “Hamlet with a Heritage”, and enjoys a unique charm that its residents seek to maintain. These commercial areas play dual roles, as sources of retail and services for residents and as defining “images” of certain areas of the Hamlet.
The purpose of the Bayport Zoning study is to:
- Develop a publicly supported vision for future growth that meets local needs.
- Examine current zoning regulations and define a set of realistic development alternatives and zoning recommendations that considers potential impacts on parking, traffic, safety, aesthetics, infrastructure, community facilities, and other services. The focus for zoning is less about what is happening now and more about what could be developed in the future when businesses change over time.
- Identify design elements that will improve and strengthen each area and improve their relationship with surrounding neighborhoods. Recommendations will be for both private and public property (e.g. roads).
- Develop community supported recommendations to make Montauk Highway a more pedestrian welcoming, retail-active road that supports the desired “Main Street” function.