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The Clarence Town Board on Wednesday approved an overlay district for Clarence Center, designed to guide future permit approvals within the hamlet.
James Callahan, the town's director of community development, said the overlay district provides an opportunity for residents of the hamlet to have input on projects and how they might impact the neighborhood's character.
The Town Board will appoint three members to a community character protection board, similar to a setup already in use in Clarence Hollow, Callahan said.
Councilman Patrick Casilio said creating the overlay district is also timely, with a number of proposed multifamily housing projects on the horizon in the town. The overlay allows for another level of review, he said.
A public hearing prior to the vote drew one speaker.
"It certainly is something that will protect and enhance the character of the hamlet of Clarence Center, and I fully support it," said Paul Shear, a town resident.
In other business:
. The board and the Planning Board will hold a joint meeting Oct. 3 to discuss recommended changes to the town's zoning for multifamily residential housing. The meeting will enable Planning Board members to explain the rationale behind their suggestions in a back-and-forth setting.
Town Board members said they are willing to be patient about implementing changes, noting they will have long-lasting impact on development.
"I think it's key to get this right, not just to get it done," said Councilman Bernard Kolber.
. The board is urging the county to consider a roundabout for the intersection of Harris Hill Road and Wehrle Drive, where a construction project is already planned. The intersection is controlled by traffic lights.
"I think it's a great place for a roundabout," Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. said. "I think if we don't push, we won't get it."
. The Town Board set a public hearing for Oct. 10 to consider local historic landmark status for a home at 10700 Boyd Drive. Some board members questioned whether the home should be designated "historic" since it dates to 1946, but they agreed to schedule the hearing to gather public comments.

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