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The Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda continue to work on a joint community planning project in the Willow Ridge and Parkview Triangle neighborhoods. An Action Plan will be developed for these neighborhoods to address various problems and create opportunities to improve connectivity, recreation, building maintenance and pedestrian safety. The Plan will serve as a guiding document to portray the future vision of the area. The Towns will employ the Action Plan to update Comprehensive Plan policies, create new goals and objectives, and utilize implementation strategies to create a more vibrant, connected and safe inter-municipal community.

across the boulevard - connecting willow ridge and parkview

Draft Action Plan

This past Fall, the Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda released a Draft Willow Ridge/Parkview Action Plan. A lot of ideas, participation, and analyses went into putting this Draft Plan together, especially during a Charrette week in April 2022 that hosted a variety of public engagement events and opportunities. The Draft Plan is a culmination of all the input and ideas received thus far and sets a vision for future pedestrian and bicyclist connectivity, recreation opportunities, redevelopment potential, and more. The recommendations focus on ways to MAKE IT SAFE, CONNECT, and REFRESH the Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. We want to thank everybody who has participated and provided input thus far. The Towns hope this Action Plan will become a guiding document for the future of the two neighborhoods and for both the Towns moving forward.

Please view the Draft Action Plan by clicking the link below or visiting the project website at A physical copy of the Draft Plan can be viewed at any time at the Town of Amherst Planning Department or the Town of Tonawanda Planning & Development Department.

Draft Action Plan

Input on the Draft Action Plan was collected via an online survey that was available on the project website from October 2022 until the end of the year. The survey asked a variety questions about the themes and images shown in the Plan and participants were able to express their thoughts and opinions.

Public Presentation of Draft Action Plan

The Towns held a public meeting on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30pm in the Sweet Home Middle School Multi-Purpose Room which included a presentation of the Draft Action Plan and various live polling questions to gather attendee’s thoughts and reactions. The consultants described the elements of the Draft Plan, summarized the input received from the online survey, and discussed next steps. Surveys were handed out to those in attendance as a way for them to provide further input. Please see a copy of the PowerPoint presentation below – a video of the live presentation will also be uploaded shortly. The consultants will now take the input provided to see how the Plan could change and what implementation items have been prioritized by the neighborhoods. The Action Plan is anticipated to be finalized this spring.

Public Presentation – March 8, 2023

Visit the project website at to access information about the project such as background details, events and engagement opportunities, project resources, and more.

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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