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WORK ON SUBDIVISION AWAITS PLANNERS' OK

Plans have been submitted to finish the three-phase development of Hampton Hills, an upscale patio home townhouse development in Amherst.

But town planners say a few questions have to be answered before the project can get a green light.

In the late 1980s, the area between Main Street and Sheridan Drive, near Brompton Road, was rezoned multifamily residential to accommodate plans for the subdivision, according to Gary Black, assistant planning director in Amherst.

When the Town Board approved that rezoning, officials stipulated that any development plan for that site had to be consistent with the concept plan of Bernard Kieffer, the original developer.

One part of the subdivision has been built; another has begun but is not yet been finished. The middle segment received site plan approval from the town but never was built.

Now, a new developer, DS&M, has proposed finishing that middle phase of the development. Its plans call for 37 patio home townhouses.

The potential problem, it seems, is with the layout.

"We have some questions," Black said.

The original plan called for a connector road between Main Street and Sheridan Drive and private cul-de-sacs coming off it with clusters of homes.

The new plan includes an extension of the spine road, connecting both ends of Hampton Hill Drive. But it does not call for any private drives coming off it. Instead, the property is subdivided in lots, each with about 60 feet of frontage on Hampton Hill Drive.

Town officials are reviewing the site plan, trying to determine whether it complies with the conditions put on the project.

Black said town planners should finish their research in about a week.

If all the conditions of the original plan are met, he said, the project could go to the Planning Board for approval in March. Otherwise, the developer will need to redesign the plan or ask the Town Board to waive some of the conditions in the original rezoning.

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