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Town Board Meeting Videos

The video of the Town Board meeting from Wednesday March 25, 2020 has been uploaded to the Town website and is now available for viewing. Please click the link below to view this and other Town Board agendas, minutes, and meeting videos.

Erie County, NY Department of Health: Coronavirus Information

NOTICE:

All Town of Amherst Board and Committee meetings (with the exception of the Town Board) will be cancelled for 30 days through April 14, 2020 or until further notice. In addition, Amherst Town Hall at 5583 Main Street is closed to the public and public access will be by appointment only.

  • Town Clerk: 716-631-7021 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (until further notice)
  • Assessor: 716-631-7038
  • Building Department: 716-631-7080
  • Planning Department: 716-631-7051
  • Purchasing/Contracts: 716-631-7007
  • Bids: 716-631-7007
  • Human Resources: 716-631-7025

For all other appointment requests, please call 716-631-7013 or 716-631-7032.

Town of Amherst Courts and Village of Williamsville Courts

All non-essential Town and Village of Williamsville court functions have been POSTPONED and all Town and Village Court buildings are CLOSED. Please see this Press Release for details

Bid Openings

Town of Amherst bid openings will be live streamed and recorded. The public will not be allowed to attend bid openings in person. Please see the links below for either the live stream or recordings. All bids are due according to their published times. The bid openings for Tue., March 23, 2020 will begin at 12:30 PM.

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Amherst Schools & Education

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“Amherst One Town  ~  Two Waters”

Although not primarily known as a water-oriented community, the Town of Amherst possesses a vast amount of waterfront land.  The Town’s northern border is defined by Tonawanda Creek, a navigable waterway that provides both public and private access.  In 2015 Ellicott Creek, which traverses the center of the Town, was classified as a designated inland waterway.  The presence of these two significant creeks enables Amherst to take advantage of the New York State Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) initiative to create a comprehensive plan for enhancing waterfront properties, maximizing public access and preserving the quality and beauty of these resources.

The Town of Amherst will utilize the LWRP process laid out by the State to plan for recreation, land use, and environmental needs along Tonawanda Creek and Ellicott Creek.  Amherst has already created waterfront amenities enjoyed by the public such as trails, parks and passive recreation areas, but many opportunities still exist.

As the Town progresses through the LWRP process, the residents of Amherst will be invited to attend public meetings, workshops, charrettes and other forms of public engagement. Please refer to the website for these events.


Benefits of an LWRP

An approved LWRP reflects community consensus and provides a clear direction for appropriate future development. It establishes a long-term partnership among local government, community-based organizations, and the State. Also, funding to advance preparation, refinement, or implementation of Local Waterfront Revitalization programs is available under the State’s Environmental Protection Fund, among other sources.

In addition, State permitting, funding, and direct actions must be consistent, to the maximum extent practicable, with an approved LWRP. Within the federally defined coastal area, federal agency activities are also required to be consistent with an approved LWRP. This “consistency” provision is a strong tool that helps ensure all government levels work in unison to build a stronger economy and a healthier environment.


Public Meetings:

1st Public Meeting – December 3, 2018; 6:30-8:30 pm
     Getzville Fire Hall
     630 Dodge Rd
     Getzville, NY 14068

2nd Public Meeting – Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
     Amherst Center for Senior Services
     370 John James Audubon Parkway
     Amherst, NY


LWRP Acronyms

  • DPW - Department of Public Works
  • EPF - Environmental Protection Fund
  • ESD - Empire State Development
  • LWRP - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
  • MNY - Market New York
  • NYS - New York State
  • NYS DEC - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • NYS DOS - New York State Department of State
  • NYS DOT - New York State Department of Transportation
  • NYSERDA - New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
  • NYS OPRHP - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • TAP - Transportation Alternatives Program

LWRP Report Sections

The State has laid out specific chapters that must be included in an LWRP.  They are:


Contacts

Please submit any questions or comments with your contact information using any of the following:

Comment Sheet

Mailing Address:
Amherst Planning Department
5583 Main Street
Williamsville, NY

Email Address: lwrp@amherst.ny.us

Planning Department Phone: (716) 631-7051

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Town of Amherst ADA Coordinators are Robert McCarthy (Director of Human Resources) and Mark Berke (Commissioner of Buildings).

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Get in Touch

  • General Information:
    (716) 631-7000
  • Email:
    toainfo@amherst.ny.us
  • Address:
    Municipal Building (Town Hall)
  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221