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One Town  ~  Two Waters”

Although not primarily known as a water-oriented community, the Town of Amherst possesses a vast amount of waterfront land.  The Town’s northern border is defined by Tonawanda Creek, a navigable waterway that provides both public and private access.  In 2015 Ellicott Creek, which traverses the center of the Town, was classified as a designated inland waterway.  The presence of these two significant creeks enables Amherst to take advantage of the New York State Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) initiative to create a comprehensive plan for enhancing waterfront properties, maximizing public access and preserving the quality and beauty of these resources.

The Town of Amherst will utilize the LWRP process laid out by the State to plan for recreation, land use, and environmental needs along Tonawanda Creek and Ellicott Creek.  Amherst has already created waterfront amenities enjoyed by the public such as trails, parks and passive recreation areas, but many opportunities still exist.

As the Town progresses through the LWRP process, the residents of Amherst will be invited to attend public meetings, workshops, charrettes and other forms of public engagement. Please refer to the website for these events.

Benefits of an LWRP

An approved LWRP reflects community consensus and provides a clear direction for appropriate future development. It establishes a long-term partnership among local government, community-based organizations, and the State. Also, funding to advance preparation, refinement, or implementation of Local Waterfront Revitalization programs is available under the State’s Environmental Protection Fund, among other sources.

In addition, State permitting, funding, and direct actions must be consistent, to the maximum extent practicable, with an approved LWRP. Within the federally defined coastal area, federal agency activities are also required to be consistent with an approved LWRP. This “consistency” provision is a strong tool that helps ensure all government levels work in unison to build a stronger economy and a healthier environment.

Public Meetings:

1st Public Meeting – December 3, 2018; 6:30-8:30 pm
     Getzville Fire Hall
     630 Dodge Rd
     Getzville, NY 14068

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The first public meeting will discuss the Draft Waterfront Revitalization Area boundary and the findings from the Inventory and Analysis phase of the project. This will be the first opportunity for the general public to learn about the LWRP project.  Town staff will be present to explain the project, answer questions and accept comments.  Maps showing the proposed LWRP boundaries for both creeks, along with panels highlighting the program’s purpose and timeline, will also be available.  Afterwards a summary of this initial meeting will be posted on-line for public review and comment. 

The next public meeting will focus on potential projects within the LWRP boundary.  It will likely be scheduled for Spring 2019.

LWRP Report Sections

The State has laid out specific chapters that must be included in an LWRP.  They are:

  • Section 1 – Draft Waterfront Revitalization Area Boundary
  • Section 2 – Inventory & Analysis
  • Section 3 – Local Revitalization Policies
  • Section 4 – Proposed Land and Water Uses and Proposed Projects
  • Section 5 – Techniques for Local Implementation of the Program
  • Section 6 – Federal and State Actions and Programs Likely to Affect Implementation of the LWRP
  • Section 7 – Local Commitment and Consultation


Please submit any questions or comments with your contact information using any of the following:

Mailing Address:
Amherst Planning Department
5583 Main Street
Williamsville, NY

Email Address:

Planning Department Phone: (716) 631-7051

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrates its 200th Anniversary this year. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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