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April 23, 2014

Town tweaks master plan

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Town residents had the chance to help shape the future of the town at a public information meeting Tuesday night.

The Town of Tonawanda held its second public information session on its Comprehensive Master Plan at the Brounshidle VFW Post in Kenmore.

The purpose of the meeting was to allow residents to hear the initial study findings and participate in any changes of the draft recommendations for the 2014 Comprehensive Plan update. 

The Comprehensive Plan, which serves as the basis for the town’s land use and zoning decisions, was last revised in 2005. Before that, a plan had not been done since 1955.

Since 2005, several actions have been completed such as rezoning Old Towne and Delaware Avenue, a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program update, Tonawanda Brownfield Opportunity Area Step 1, the Youth, Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan, Waterfront Land Use Plan update, zoning studies for solar power installations, adult uses and various commercial corridors. 

“This will be a blueprint for future development,” Gary Palumbo of URS Corporation said, adding that this is more of a 10-15 year plan instead of the 30-year master plans of the past.

“We took input from the public, looked at the 2005 plan, analyzed the data and came up with our findings.”

The first public information session was held Nov. 26. The results of the input from that meeting included creating better accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians to have “complete streets,” wanting more decentralized retail and commercial services, looking at vacant and underutilized properties and for the town to be prepared for school closures.

Some of the ideas presented by the 20 or so residents in attendance Tuesday included adding more green space, more senior housing, creating more bike and pedestrian paths and striking a balance between industry and residential space.

“I’d like to see the speed limit reduced on Sheridan Drive,” town resident Larry Ginnane said. “And have more safety on bike paths so that people can get help if help is required.”

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