Weekly Feature



2018-04-11 / Front Page

Town seeks residents’ ideas for community improvements

Neighborhood forums
by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Later this month, town officials will begin offering a series of 10 neighborhood forums, each of which will allow residents and property owners to discuss their concerns for their specific sections of the community.

Initiated by the Planning Department, the 90-minute forums are meant to guide the future of town neighborhoods as they related to the Comprehensive Plan.

“With it being the bicentennial year, now is our chance to revision the town,” said Supervisor Brian Kulpa.

The forums will address economic development, parks and recreation, housing, quality of life, traffic and transportation, public services and community character.

“We are giving opportunities for people to see what’s happening in their neighborhood,” Kulpa said. “Each neighborhood has [its] own character and identity. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”

The first session, for those with vested interests in the Eggertsville neighborhood, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Windermere Elementary School library, 291 Windermere Blvd.

Sessions related to all other neighborhoods will be held on later dates. Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at a location within the scope of the respective neighborhood to be discussed.

According to Planning Department officials, people in attendance at the meetings can discuss existing conditions, examine local issues and state concerns, and detail ideas for a neighborhood’s improvement.

“The meetings are designed to be highly participatory and interactive and may even be moments for people to be in small groups,” said Dan Howard, director of the Planning Department.

Below is a list of the nine subsequent meetings scheduled, sorted by the corresponding neighborhoods and the dates.

• Williamsville: Thursday, April 26, in the meeting room at Hutchinson Hose Station 2, 5045 Sheridan Drive.

• Snyder: Tuesday, May 1, in the dining hall at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road.

• Main-Transit: Tuesday, May 8, in the banquet hall at Main-Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main St.

• East Amherst: Thursday, May 10, in Cafeteria AB at Transit Middle School, 8730 Transit Road.

• Ellicott Creek: Monday, May 14, in the upstairs banquet hall at Ellicott Creek Fire Hall, 45 S. Ellicott Creek Road.

• Getzville: Monday, May 21, in the banquet hall at Getzville Fire Company, 630 Dodge Road.

• Audubon: Tuesday, May 22, in the banquet hall at Getzville Fire Company, 630 Dodge Road.

• North Amherst: Tuesday, May 29, in the banquet hall at North Amherst Fire Hall, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road.

• Swormville: Thursday, May 31, in the Social Room at Swormville Fire Hall, 6971 Transit Road.

The supervisor added that the forums are the “start of many conversations” that will be offered to the public about the comprehensive plan.

“We’re after the core of what each community wants,” Kulpa said. “This is meant to be the place where everyone’s voice counts.”

For more information about the neighborhood forums, visit www.amherst.ny.us or call 631-7051.

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