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Meeting Wednesday for the last time this year, the Newstead Town Board voted unanimously to adopt a new master plan.

Supervisor David L. Cummings said that after many hours of community, informational and committee meetings, the guidelines are complete.

In 1968, the first town master plan was contracted but not adopted. The update began in 1989. The new master plan, which was designed to guide town officials through the year 2010, was prepared by Wendel Engineers of Lockport. Newstead, which is east of Clarence, has an estimated population of 5,095. The Village of Akron, within the town, has a population of 3,302.

The plan projects the town population will reach between 6,250 and 7,600, and Akron will reach 3,650 to 4,250, depending on the economy. The surrounding communities of Clarence and Amherst have seen a "boom" in development and it is anticipated that this growth will continue and may move into Newstead, the document notes.

According to the plan, the long-range goals are to:

Preserve and protect the rural character of the town.

Maintain its strong agricultural presence.

Encourage new development near existing development centers.

Preserve open space.

Discourage growth in flood plains and sensitive ground water areas.

Continue expansion of community facilities and services and update standards to provide the town with the best facilities for drainage, traffic, water and sewers.

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