The Clarence Town Board expects to hold a public hearing next month on proposed guidelines for new apartment developments.
The Town Board expects to schedule the hearing Feb. 27; it will officially set the date when it meets in early February.
New multiple-family housing complexes and their potential impact have become a prominent issue in the town, with a number of those projects either proposed or discussed. Prospective developers of one such project, a 106-unit town home pitch for 8080 Wehrle Drive, recently submitted a revised version of its plan.
The Planning Board has recommended the town implement a multiple-family residential housing “overlay zone.” The zone would establish guidelines for building new apartment complexes, based on a property’s size, access to sewers, zoning classification and the project’s unit density.
The Town Board last month informally agreed to make some changes in the plan. The public hearing would represent a formal step toward acting on the proposal.
Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. on Wednesday said he felt the time was right to move toward voting on an overlay zone.
Developers should know one way or another what the final rules and regulations are, he said.
“It’s really not fair to keep them waiting,” Hartzell said. “A lot of them have a substantial investment in lawyers and planning, and it’s best for us to move it along and decide one way or another.”
In other news from Wednesday’s Town Board meeting:
• The town issued 112 single-family home permits in 2012, the most since 2006, said Councilman Peter DiCostanzo.
• The town is preparing to issue a townwide satisfaction survey of residents. Hartzell said the survey will be published at a cost of $167 as an insert in the weekly Clarence Bee later this month, inviting residents to comment on what they like and don’t like about the town, and what they would change.
Copies of the survey also will be available at Town Hall and via a link on the town’s website, clarence.ny.us. The town’s website version will also give respondents an option to fill out a more-extensive survey.
Hartzell said the last such survey, in 2009, had a response rate of 34 percent, and he hopes for greater participation this time. Responses will be collected in February and the results released in March.