The Brookhaven Town Board has narrowly approved a zoning change to allow 200 retirement homes at a South Setauket golf course.
The 4-3 vote on Tuesday came after more than a dozen residents spoke against the project proposed by Islandia-based luxury apartment developer Heatherwood Communities, saying the homes would generate too much traffic. Republican Supervisor Edward P. Romaine and Democratic councilwomen Valerie Cartright and Connie Kepert cast the dissenting votes.
The zoning change permits construction of a Planned Retirement Community with townhouses, apartments and detached houses on about 25 acres at the site, on Arrowhead Lane. A nine-hole, 45-acre golf course with pitch-and-putt greens would remain and serve as a buffer between the development and nearby houses, said David Sloane, an attorney for the developer.