Frequently Asked Questions

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

    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.

    You can review the DEIS documents at

    http://www.vhb.com/countrypointeatplainviewdeis

    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.

    The Beechwood Organization

    You can review the DEIS documents at

    http://www.vhb.com/countrypointeatplainviewdeis

    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.

    You can review the DEIS documents at
    http://www.vhb.com/countrypointeatplainviewdeis

    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 and will continue to meet 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. Now that an application has been submitted to the Town, the extensive environmental review process (SEQRA) will begin. Throughout this process Beechwood will continue to work with the Town and community and make appropriate revisions to the plan. Beechwood’s plans will be a 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 67% of the total 800 units will be age restricted (over 55) market rate housing and in addition there will be an affordable senior component of 90 units. 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. Will the development require a new zoning category?

    No. The application requests that the property be rezoned to other zoning categories that exist within the Town of Oyster Bay.

  7. What will happen now that an application has been submitted to the town?

    The town will begin its review of the application including the mandated SEQRA review which will evaluate any potential impacts on the community, including, but not limited to: traffic, air quality, water quality, availability of utilities, impact on the school district, and environmental impacts.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Will there be additional opportunities for community input now that the application is submitted?

    Most definitely. The application filing will launch the extensive review process (estimated to take approximately a year). The Beechwood Organization will continue to meet with community leaders, neighbors, town officials, and other community stakeholders throughout this process. It is anticipated that the concept plan will be amended and modified periodically to reflect this vital community input.

  11. What will happen to the existing recreational space on the property?

    Beechwood representatives currently are meeting with various recreational leagues in order to determine the needs for fields in the community. It is anticipated that 43 contiguous acres will be designated for active and passive recreational use.

  12. How will the development of Country Pointe at Plainview affect the traffic in the immediate area?

    A full traffic study will be done and shared with the community once the conceptual plan is in place.

  13. How will the development affect the Plainview Old Bethpage School District?

    It is anticipated that there will be some families with school age children, but it also is anticipated that the majority of homeowners will be active adult “empty nesters.” As proposed 70% of the requested units will be age restricted (55 and better). Beechwood will have its professionals evaluate the impact of the development on the school district and will meet with the school district to discuss these findings.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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