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Maintaining and promoting the Town of Clarence’s historic character and preserving open space top the list of goals being developed for the town’s 2025 master plan.

The goals reflect recent public feedback as well as priorities from the 2015 master plan, according to James Callahan, the Clarence Planning & Zoning Department’s director of community development. There will be several chances next year for the public to offer feedback at public forums, with a plan expected to be finalized in late 2014 or early 2015.

“I think that preserving open space and the more rural character of the town without overdeveloping is the overarching goal of the community,” said Callahan, the director of community development.

At the same time, he said, there is a need to “balance the growth, because you have to have some growth to sustain the tax base.”

Nine goals have been identified, with the possible addition of one or two more, Callahan said. The Planning & Zoning Board was directed by the Town Board to begin working on the 2025 plan in February.

“The plan is to take in public comment, add additional goals and work on supporting documents that would go into the ultimate plan, including a future land reuse map, amendments to the zoning law and specifics of an action plan to achieve those goals,” he said.

Other proposed goals include continuing to evaluate and upgrade public service infrastructure; maintaining the town’s recreation program and park facilities; maintaining a collaborative relationship with all school districts within the town; providing consistent enforcement of land-use regulations; adopting an orderly and balanced growth plan; and coordinating efforts on a regional basis.

To comment on the plan, visit www.clarence.ny.us.

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