Developer Threatens Lawsuit as Amherst Blocks Review of Subdivision Plan

Anti-development signs dot lawns in the neighborhood near 284 New Road, where Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 houses, in this November photo. (John Hickey/The Buffalo News)
Anti-development signs dot lawns in the neighborhood near 284 New Road, where Natale Builders plans to construct up to 80 houses, in this November photo.

The owners of a 57-acre property in East Amherst where a developer wants to build an 80-house subdivision are threatening legal action against the town over its refusal to let the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals review the project.

The Richard Jacobs Family Trust has a contract to sell the former farm at 284 New Road to Natale Builders. The project, which is opposed by a core group of neighbors, requires a zoning change to proceed, and the Town Board hasn’t acted on that request yet.

In the meantime, Jacobs family attorney Jeffery D. Palumbo applied for a ruling from the Zoning Board that would pave the way for the $35 million project and remove any need for the Town Board’s approval. But Building Commissioner Brian P. Andrzejewski in December, and again this month, declined to allow the variance application on the Zoning Board’s meeting agenda.

“The building commissioner, with my input, has held up the application,” Town Attorney Stanley J. Sliwa said.

Palumbo said he has asked Andrzejewski for a written explanation.
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