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Audubon Development Plan Update

Project Charter

The Town Board endorsed the Project Charter (see link below) for the Audubon Development Plan Update at their meeting on November 7, 2022, along with supporting the Town to move forward with the planning process stated in the Charter.

Audubon Development Plan Update Project Charter

What is the Audubon Development Plan Update Project?

  • A plan and zoning regulations adopted in 1972 that guided the development of the Audubon New Community. The Town of Amherst is now undertaking a critical review and update of the Audubon Development Plan
  • The current project includes inventory and analysis of:
    • Existing land uses, infrastructure, transportation, demographic, and economic development conditions
    • A review of current New Community District (NCD) zoning districts and regulations
    • Development of a commercial corridor Revitalization Plan.
  • Recommendations for revisions to the Audubon Development Plan and for amendments to the land NCD zoning
  • Recommendations can be incorporated into the Town’s Comprehensive Plan

Why update the Audubon Development Plan and Zoning?

  • To identify anticipated demand for future residential, commercial and office development
  • To align future land use plan with current desired development objectives
  • To identify and rectify outdated zoning code standards
  • To increase success of the NCD and revitalize its central corridors

Where are the physical boundaries for the NCD?

  • The Study Area encompasses approximately 1,726 acres in the northwest section of the Town
  • Boundaries:
    • UB North Campus and Ellicott Creek to the south
    • Campbell Boulevard to the east
    • Sweet Home Road to the west
    • North French Road to the north
  • Revitalization corridor plans for J.J. Audubon Parkway, North Forest Road, Dodge Road, and Millersport Highway (approximately 553 acres)

Who is involved?

  • Town of Amherst (adopts plan and zoning amendments)
  • Town Residents (provide input on their community)
  • Audubon Homeowners’ Association (Audubon residents)
  • Empire State Development and Audubon Development Corporation (contract partners)
  • Commercial and office space owners

When will the NCD plan be complete?

  • Public information meeting: April 13th, 6:30pm
  • Stakeholder interviews: Spring 2023
  • Inventory and assessment: Spring - Summer 2023
  • Revitalization Plan: Fall 2023
  • Implementation of recommendations to Town Comprehensive Plan: Late 2023

Contact Information:

draft audubon area context map. legend displays planning project area, new community district, university at buffalo, tax parcels (erie county), revitalization study corridors, and hydrography

Public Information Meeting

The Town and its consultants held a public information meeting about the Audubon project on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm at the Town of Amherst Senior Center. Topics discussed included:

  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • Economic Development
  • Housing & Population Trends

Audubon Public Meeting Presentation

audubon development plan update public information meeting - april 13, 2023 at 6:30pm - senior center 370 john james audubon parkway

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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