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May 18, 2014

Comments on town plan taken until September

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

Up until September, the Town of Lockport will accept public comments on its proposed comprehensive plan, a document that influences officials' decisions concerning development, infrastructure and zoning.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said about 30 residents attended Wednesday's informal meeting about the first draft version of the plan. That version is available online on the town’s website, located under the “town” tab at elockport.com, can find the link for the draft plan on the front page.

The plan lays out current conditions in the town, covering items such as socio-economics, demographics, land uses, utilities, environmental resources and so on. It also offers goals and recommendations for prosperity and growth in different areas of Lockport, offering ideas such as working with the Town of Newfane to develop the Wrights Corners hamlet.

The plan also examines needs for the town, such as the need for "greater connectivity between South Transit Road and the Lockport Bypass." The plan recommends connecting the two roads to relieve traffic congestion and free up the land in between for development.

It includes a series of maps, covering current conditions in Lockport for everything from zoning, to special districts, to sewer infrastructure and etc. There’s also a “vision map,” which reveals developing areas, as well as the Transit corridor and other areas targeted for growth.

Smith said the next meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 19 at Town Hall on Dysinger Road. People can submit comments by calling, mailing or emailing them to Town Board members.

At a Town Board meeting in February, Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly, of Wendel Co., said the plan’s vision map was based in part on existing planning documents, including the county’s Niagara Communities Comprehensive Plan and the Erie-Niagara Regional Comprehensive Plan.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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