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Amherst Council Member Mark Manna wants a moratorium on all developer site plans and variances for projects that would exceed 50 feet in height until a special town committee can finish its work on revised height and design recommendations for commercial properties.

He’ll make that a resolution for consideration at the board’s meeting on Feb. 25, though it’s questionable whether he would have enough board support to pass such a measure.

Early this month, the Town Board agreed to create a Building Height Review Committee to reconsider the blanket 65-foot height limitation for commercial properties that was established in 1976.

The review committee was spurred by resident concerns regarding 65-foot hotel projects along Main Street being undertaken by Ellicott Development and Iskalo Development.

The board later renamed and expanded the work of the Building Height Review Committee to include a broader discussion of the context and design of commercial building proposals.

In light of those decisions, Manna said he wants the town to draft a local law and convene a public hearing on his proposed building height moratorium.

“We don’t want variances or site plans granted that might be contrary to what the new committee’s recommendations may be,” he said.

He’s asking for a moratorium until the new committee’s work is complete or until the end of the year. Manna’s latest resolution would directly affect Iskalo Development’s existing site plans and variance requests for a 65-foot Hyatt Place Hotel behind the Lord Amherst Hotel.

In other developments:

• Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa said this past week that the village is very close to reaching an agreement with the Erie County Water Authority for a takeover of the village’s aging and expensive water system. A memorandum of understanding may be reached with the Water Authority by sometime early next month.

• There is no Amherst Town Board meeting this week.