Amherst Seeks to Jump-start Review of Long-delayed Westwood Project

At the main entrance of the former Westwood Country Club on North  Forest Road in Amherst, a sign warns of pollution on the property. Neighbors have objected to a mixed use development planned for the site. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

The Amherst town supervisor wants to jump-start its long-delayed review of the proposed redevelopment of the former Westwood Country Club, a move that is raising the ire of the developer and the Planning Board chairman.

The developer’s complicated plan to transform the 171-acre site into a $250 million mixed use development has stalled since the Planning Board last held a hearing on the controversial proposal in January.

But Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein and Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa now say the town is ready to restart its review, with a goal of concluding that process by the end of the year. Weinstein wants the Town Board to hold a public hearing as soon as next month on the project’s impact on the environment.

In a shift from past practice, Weinstein wants the Town Board to take control of the environmental review away from the Planning Board.
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One Response to “Amherst Seeks to Jump-start Review of Long-delayed Westwood Project”

  1. michele says:

    Super smart move by the town. Westwood has been stalled in the Planning Board as it is substantially incomplete and the law only allows for the PB to conduct hearings on complete applications. But the Town as lead agency for SEQR can act on their own volition. They are required to conduct hearing(s), issue the Final EIS and a findings statement. Given the lack of downstream storm water and sewer capacity and the paucity of info on traffic impacts and other warts on this monster project, its not a good day for the foot dragging Menschies.
    Smart savvy move by the town.
    so fasten your seat belt. Let the Westwood Games begin!