The Town of Amherst took a step forward Monday in making it very difficult for Daemen College students to park on the streets and residential roadways around the campus when college lots fill up.
The board set a public hearing date for a proposal that would make parking on seven public streets around the campus off-limits during the school day.
No parking would be allowed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September to May on parts or all of Mount Vernon Road, Amherstdale Road, Brantwood Road, Woodbury Drive, Main Street near Campus Drive, Getzville Road and Campus Drive.
For years, residents who live in the neighborhoods around the college have complained that their residential streets have been clogged by Daemen commuters.
The Town Board has responded by approving and expanding parking restrictions for these neighborhoods.
But Council Member Guy R. Marlette, liaison to the town’s Traffic Safety Committee, has said Daemen needs to provide a more permanent parking solution to the persistent shortage of spaces for its students.
As an incentive, he introduced a resolution for a comprehensive ban on streetside parking around the campus, which would deny the school up to 108 on-street parking spaces.
Since Daemen has proposed its own parking plan that would create 111 spaces for students and staff members, the resolution notes that it should be possible for the college to make up for the lost spaces in its own plan.
The Town Board on Monday unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing on the proposed parking restrictions April 8.
The town will alert all affected property owners of the hearing.
In other business, the board discussed at length a proposal to rezone 460 Casey Road, a 22-acre parcel, from suburban-agricultural to single-family residential.
The owner of the parcel wants to build nine single-family homes between two residential streets that are already developed. Jeffery D. Palumbo, lawyer for the family that owns the property, pointed out that the town’s comprehensive plan calls for single-family residential development in that area.
Neighborhood residents from Levin Lane and Sable Run objected to the number of homes that the developer plans to build on the parcel – nine.
They said that no more than six homes should be built on the proposed lots. They also referred to wetlands and drainage issues.
The board set a decision date on the matter for its next board meeting.
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