On Tuesday, Hempstead town officials held a press conference outside Lawrence Village Hall and announced a public hearing – September 20 at 7 p.m. – to address concerns about development areas being built in Inwood and North Lawrence.

Over the past month, many Five Towns residents have said they are increasingly concerned about the impact of increased development in the area – such as proposed projects at Woodmere Club and those approved for Pearsall Avenue in Cedarhurst and the Lawrence Woodmere. Academy — on traffic, parking, the environment and general quality of life.

“Residents have raised valid concerns about local development areas in North Lawrence and Inwood which deserve serious consideration by Hempstead Town Council,” said Town Supervisor Don Clavin, who attended at the press conference, in a press release. “Therefore, we will hold a public hearing to consider these legitimate concerns and the potential adverse impacts associated with the existing areas.”

The hearing was deliberately scheduled at night, not during the day when most people are working, so residents could attend, Clavin noted.

The hearing, to be held at Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington St., will focus on the Transit-Oriented Development Districts, the Neighborhood Business Overlay District and the townhouses/residential townhouses, all in the five cities.

“We want to hear from residents of all five towns to ensure that any development that occurs in the area is consistent with the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods,” Councilman Anthony D’Esposito said in a statement, “and we want to consider in great depth the problems of traffic, parking and environmental impacts.

Many Five Town and Rockaway residents planned to attend a meeting Tuesday night, after the Herald went to press, at the Lawrence Yacht & Country Club. There, meeting organizers planned to call for a moratorium on development until the Nassau Expressway was further developed. The meeting gave residents the opportunity to express their concerns to local authorities, as did the public hearing on September 20.

“This construction in the area is going to be devastating,” Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman said at the press conference, adding, “There will be circumstances that will be taken to correct the situation.”