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2016-02-24 / Front Page

Planning Board agrees extension should be in plan

Youngs Road
by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Following approval by the Planning Board on Thursday, the town is moving ahead in efforts to restore to the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan the possibility of creating a Youngs Road extension at Casey Road.

The Planning Board in a 6-0-1 vote issued the approval, which moves the amendment to the Town Board for its review.

“Although we may not totally agree on every aspect of it, it’s certainly worth consideration going forward,” said Planning Board member Dal Guiliani prior to the vote. “Taking it out of the [Comprehensive Plan] would only eliminate an option as we go forward.”

Abstaining from the vote was Mary Pfeifer-Shapiro. Prior to the Planning Board’s vote, about eight people spoke on the matter, with a majority of the speakers against restoring the extension verbiage.

Robert Galbraith, a resident of Snowberry Lane, requested that the Planning Board exercise caution in allowing the extension to be reinstated to the Comprehensive Plan.

“There would be a gross interruption of life of the residents on New Road if this extension is made,” Galbraith said.

During its Jan. 19 meeting, the Town Board approved, by a 3-2 vote, restoring the possibility of creating a Youngs Road extension from Casey Road to North French and Dodge roads by making it a part of the town’s Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan.

The resolution directed the Planning Board, with assistance from the Planning Department, to initiate the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Town Board’s resolution on the matter was initiated by Council Member Ramona Popowich. Supervisor Barry Weinstein and Deputy Supervisor Steven Sanders were opposed to the measure.

According to Assistant Planning Director Gary Black, the Youngs Road extension possibility has appeared in every Comprehensive Plan since 1955.

In February 2015, the Town Board in a 4-1 vote removed verbiage from the town’s Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan pertaining to building a possible extension of Youngs Road.

The board’s decision last year to remove the possibility of the extension was based on traffic concerns and saving area wetlands.

During the Town Board’s meeting in January, Popowich said she believed the town should “keep the option for the extension open for the future.”

The amendment will now move to the Town Board, which will schedule a public hearing, allowing for further residential input on the matter.

The Town Board’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Council Chambers at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

The meeting will be preceded by a 4 p.m. work session.

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