Weekly Feature

2010-05-12 / Front Page

Williamsville Board seeks zoning revisions

by KATE MOCKLER Reporter

The Village Board took the first step towards overhauling zoning codes at Monday’s meeting. The board formally hired the firm Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel to perform project management and legal services in conjunction with the zoning revisions.

During the work session, board members also discussed the formulation of a steering committee to oversee the process. They intend to look within the planning committee and the Zoning Board for people to oversee the zoning revision process. Once the committee has been named, Village Attorney Charles Grieco will hold a presentation for committee members on form-based zoning.

Form-based zoning codes clearly define the “character” of a town and emphasize aesthetics over usage. It is a relatively new trend in zoning and one the village intends to adopt.

The village has also taken the first step toward consolidating its water system with Erie County. The board hired the firm CRA Infrastructure and Engineering to carry out a study of the system to identify what upgrades are needed to consolidate.

The village has applied for a grant to cover the study, but grant awards have taken longer than anticipated. The village has decided to pick up the costs of the study after determining that doing so will not jeopardize its grant application.

The Village Board reviewed last weekend’s ReTree event. Members of the Tree Board and other volunteers planted 89 trees throughout the village in less than three hours on Saturday. Trustee Basil Piazza asked residents to assist the village in watering any new trees near their own properties.

During public comments, the board heard a proposal from Williamsville South students for a villagewide bicycle loan program. Bicycles would be available for free public use at several stations along Main Street. The board viewed the proposal favorably but has not taken any formal action on it.

The board also:

• Authorized travel for firefighters to look at new fire equipment.

• Appointed the Town of Amherst building department as its electrical inspector.

• Set a public hearing to appoint the Town of Amherst as flood plan administrator.

• Encouraged village residents to assist the Beautification Committee with its spring planting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Main and Evans triangle.

The next Village Board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. near Cayuga Drive, Williamsville. A work session will precede the meeting at 6 p.m.

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