East Amherst Subdivision Plan Revives Town Board-Zoning Board Split

Yellow signs opposing a proposed subdivision at 284 New Road dot lawns in the Amherst neighborhood. Natale Builders plans to build 80 homes on the undeveloped land owned by the Richard Jacobs Trust. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Yellow signs opposing a proposed subdivision at 284 New Road dot lawns in the Amherst neighborhood. Natale Builders plans to build 80 homes on the undeveloped land owned by the Richard Jacobs Trust.

The family that wants to sell 57 acres in East Amherst to make way for an 80-home subdivision doesn’t want to wait until March for the Town Board to act on its request to rezone the property.

Instead, the family has asked the town Zoning Board of Appeals for a ruling that would pave the way for the $35 million project – and take its fate out of the hands of the Town Board.

Residents in the subdivisions that line the largely vacant Jacobs family property say they’re frustrated by the move. And, town officials question seeking a use variance before the Town Board makes a decision.

“They’re trying to circumvent the community,” said Larry Rera, an opponent whose Gray Birch Court home backs up to the Jacobs family property.

Two similar cases earlier this year prompted a rare lawsuit by the Town Board against the Zoning Board. The Zoning Board, however, won the first round in that legal fight.
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4 Responses to “East Amherst Subdivision Plan Revives Town Board-Zoning Board Split”

  1. Alex says:

    Could it be more obvious that these people are trying to push through more unconscionable development before the existing ZBA members are pulled off for stupid, unlawful decisions pertinent to use variances and area variances? Hey, why not? The sham worked before.

    The doctors at 190 Maple will come to regret what they and their high-winded attorney and hirelings have orchestrated. “Do no harm” apparently does not apply to them. 4400 North French was another sham, freak show and should be appealed. The town should charge admission when the same cast performs The New Road Show in January or March.

  2. JOE D. says:

    On the other end of the argument..it really hurts when you have owned land , paid taxes on it before the surrounding homes were built…now those same homeowners who are “newbies” to the neighborhood will dictate what use of the property will take..seems unfair …or perhaps those neighbors will lose a spot to dump their leaves, grass, dead branches etc.The rezoning is for homes to built, not a shopping mall or other commercial uses…perhaps a few tons of cow manure spread along the pastures in spring will wake up those neighbors to realize that perhaps what is being asked..is not such a bad deal afterall.

  3. Rick says:

    Joe D, they can build homes with the current zoning. Somehow they think they’re entitled to special treatment?

  4. Money Talks says:

    Great, get your way by any means necessary, including intimidation, and possible illegal actions just because “you can”!

    This land dose not exist in a vacuum when you want to get the GREATEST amount of MONEY you can for it, and then magically becomes the community’s problem AFTER the deal is done.

    The zoning law is intended to protect EVERYONE, not just land owner. But somehow when it comes to protecting the community this fact is conveniently forgotten by the JOE D’d of the world. The intent of zoning law is to attain a BALANCE between multiple interests in a way that keeps with the community’s vision of itself (Comprehensive Plan).

    The potential for overcrowding, flooding, increased traffic, sanity sewer capacity issues, building in flood plains, and all the other potential problems this location presents can not simply be ignored.

    You don’t just threaten the community to get what you want, and then drop all the problems it will create in their backyards.

    -$$

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