Category “Zoning”

One Million Trees or Tree Hypocrite?

Supervisor Kulpa’s Plant One Million Trees initiative is a laudable goal and has won accolades around town. However, this effort is poised to be undermined before tree one is planted by the Town Board appointees on the ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS at their meeting on Tuesday night.

Northtown Automotive continues to land grab any available space near its ever expanding Sheridan Drive sea of asphalt. Recently, Northtown paved over its newly acquired properties located at 3890-3930 Sheridan Drive & 621 Getzville Road from its frontage on Sheridan Drive all the way back to the 290. The completed project was required, under zoning code 7-2-4 (A) & 7-2 4(A)(2), to have installed landscaped screening on the parcels northern edges. In typical arrogant-developer manner, Northtown ignored the landscaping requirements and, when called on their non-compliance by the town landscape architect, they filed an after-the-fact variance request to retroactively approve their bad behavior ignoring the tree planting requirements.

It would clearly be the height of hypocrisy if the Kulpa appointed ZBA approves this outrageous request and lets Northtown skate on meeting basic landscaping requirement in place for all projects.

Hey, Northown, we are not only Not coming there first, we’re not coming there at all unless you start acting like a good neighbor. Plant the trees as required and rescind the variance request.

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Town Board Meeting MONDAY

Here’s a quick summary of Town Board agenda items for this coming Monday’s meeting that we find the most intriguing (in no particular order):

Boulevard Mall Rezone – At the Town Board’s 4:00pm work session, the Planning Department will present the revised zoning for this 64-acre site. The Boulevard Mall’s current owner is expected to pursue redevelopment of the site as a mixed-use town center to include retail, office space and housing. This is the residents’ first glimpse of the town’s major rework of commercial zoning code and sure to be a blockbuster—zoning code tailor-made to the developers’ wishes.

At the Town Board’s 7:00pm regular meeting, there is a Deed Restriction Removal Request on Park Club Lane (behind the Walker Center). The standard MO developers employ in Amherst when confronted with neighborhood opposition to their projects is to offer a deed restriction to appease residents in the short term to quell unrest. (A deed restriction is an additional layer of restrictions on land use beyond the zoning code.) Then, after the passage of time, the same developer and the town together, remove the deed restriction and move forward with what the developer initially wanted. This has happened repeatedly in the past. And, now, here we are again with one on Park Club Lane. Typically the deed restriction relates to height. That’s what happening here. The powers that be either make a deal with the neighbors or they don’t. This is another major renege.

NYSDOTthe last agenda item is a notice from DOT designating Main Street, from Bailey Avenue to the 290 as a restricted highway effective immediately. There are no details on this at all but the designation means that a major construction or reconstruction activity is set to begin shortly. This is a huge heads up to all of Eggertsville and Snyder.

The Amherst Town Board meets this Monday, February 24, 2020, at 4:00pm for their work session and again at 7:00pm for their regular meeting. Both the work session and regular meeting are open to the public.

Town Board meetings are held in the Amherst Municipal Building located at 5583 Main Street Williamsville, NY 14221.

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