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Planning Board Hearing Items

 
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Copies of application materials and plans for items scheduled for public hearings at the May 18, 2017 Planning Board Meeting are now available. Please click the link below for more information.


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Imagine Amherst - Joint Committee Meeting

 
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Imagine Amherst is a project to review and revise the Town's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to more effectively guide and regulate development and redevelopment. The Town will be holding a joint meeting of the Technical Advisory and Project Working Committees on May 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in Village Hall, located at 5565 Main Street in the Village of Williamsville.


 

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Imagine Amherst - Comprehensive Plan Amendments

 
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Public comment and discussion about DRAFT Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan (Task 6) is being sought. Over the past few months the Committee has studied the commercial and mixed use areas shown in the Future Land Use Map (Figure 6) and developed recommendations to better distinguish areas by their scale, location, and neighborhood context. The Committee has proposed “typologies” to categorize these areas which consist of two forms: suburban and traditional, and four types: center, corridor, medium-scale node, and low-scale node. The Committee identified a current designation for each center and identified centers that might change or transform in the future. The Task 6.1 documents are located on the Imagine Amherst Website (click the link below) under "Work Products." Submit comments to the Town Planning Department, on the Imagine Amherst website, or on the Facebook page.


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Belmont Housing Counselors Available at Town Hall

 
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Free Housing Counseling at Town Hall on the first and last Thursdays of the month. Please see notice for more information.

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Buffalo Urban League Housing Counselors Available

 
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Beginning April 20, 2017 there will be a counselor from the Buffalo Urban League available every third Thursday for free housing counseling services in Town Hall. Please see attached flyer for details.

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APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH

 
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Each April the Erie County Fair Housing Partnership, Inc. commemorates the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the fight to provide equal access to housing for all through celebration of National Fair Housing Month. Please see Press Release for list of events.

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Planning Department

Main Street Corridor Market Study

The Amherst Planning Department has four primary responsibilities: development plan review; long-range planning; community development and housing program administration; and program implementation.

Current Planning

The Department organizes and undertakes technical reviews of Subdivisions, Site Plans, Rezoning requests and other approvals and provides recommendations for Planning Board action including draft action resolutions. The Department has review and approval authority for Minor Site Plans, Minor Site Plan Adjustments, Sidewalk Waivers and Coordinated Sign Plans. Additionally, it ensures Town compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) for approval actions by the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Board and related Town Agencies and Departments. The Department also provides technical support for the Preservation Commission, Nature View Park Advisory Committee, Town wide Drainage Committee, Conservation Advisory Council and Traffic-Safety Board.

Long-Range Planning

The Town Board adopted the Amherst Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan in January of 2007. The Planning Department was responsible for drafting that plan and is responsible for the Annual and 5-year Reviews it requires. In addition, the Department assists the Town Board in undertaking Opportunity Reviews; those plan amendments that are required to implement unique projects that are consistent with the plan’s Vision Statement. In addition to these comprehensive plan responsibilities, the Department is responsible for developing the Town’s Capital Improvements Program, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Open Space Acquisition and Management Plan and Open Space Index; the latter two in conjunction with the Amherst Conservation Advisory Commission.

Community Development

Amherst receives federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds each year. Under these programs, the Town replaces aging sewers, water lines, sidewalks and parks in qualifying neighborhoods. In addition, income-eligible residents receive low-cost loans housing rehabilitation and weatherization loans. The program also supports public services such as family counseling, youth programming, community policing and senior transportation. First-time home buyers are assisted under the HOME Program.

Regional Planning

One Region Forward is a broad-based, collaborative effort to promote more sustainable forms of development in Erie and Niagara counties – the Buffalo Niagara Region – in land use, transportation, housing, energy and climate, access to food, and more. It will combine research and public engagement with planning and action to help us meet the combined economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century.

Program Implementation / Special Projects

The Planning Department administers or assists in administering several programs that implement the Town’s land use and environmental policies. These include:

  • Farmland Protection
  • Deer Vehicle Accident Management
  • Telecommunications Regulations
  • Tree removal permit review
  • Landscape plan compliance
  • Storm water pollution prevention
  • Park and recreation site development

The Planning Department is located on the lower floor of Town Hall at 5583 Main Street in the Village of Williamsville. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and the office can be reached at 631.7051 (Community Development at 631.7082) or by fax at 631.7153.

 
 
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