Grand Island residents who fear a proposed Wilson Farms convenience store and gas station will disrupt their neighborhood won a temporary victory Monday night.
The town Planning Board asked the developers to perform a new traffic study, extend a sidewalk along the property and build a turning lane into the store.
The board also recommended that the Town Board reopen a study into the store's environmental impact.
Later in the meeting, the Planning Board declined to take action on a second controversial proposal, tabling a request from a resident who wants to build a private airstrip on his farm.
The Planning Board's request for further action from Tops Markets, Wilson Farms' parent, came at a crowded meeting in Town Hall attended by about 100 residents.
Tops representatives emphasized that the site, at the corner of Ransom and Stony Point roads, is zoned for commercial use.
Any traffic problems at the intersection are pre-existing -- due mainly to nearby Grand Island High School and Middle School, said Marla DePan Brown, a lawyer for Parkland Enterprises, who is selling the land to Tops.
Ian Williams, Tops' real-estate director for Wilson Farms stores, said the company has added landscaping, made the signs less obtrusive and already extended the sidewalk in its designs.
"We've tried to be a good neighbor in the development of this site," Williams said.
But residents said the project doesn't fit with the character of their neighborhood.
Joan Arki, who lives on Ransom Road, said the initial environmental review is deficient because it doesn't address gas pumps.
"It's too early in the game to say yes or no. There's just too many questions," Arki said.
The Planning Board agreed.
Under the current plan, traffic would enter the store by making a right turn from Stony Point Road or a left turn from Ransom Road.
Board member John Trianda said customers turning left from Ransom will cause traffic jams.
Tops should either build a left-turn lane on Ransom -- a requirement that Tops opposes -- or take out the Ransom entrance, Trianda said.
Another board member, Frank Greco, said Tops hasn't included enough parking spaces.
The Planning Board passed its recommendations for the turning lane, extra parking spaces, an extended sidewalk and enhanced traffic and environmental-impact studies to the Town Board.
As he left, Williams said Tops would "re-evaluate" its plans for the site.
Also Monday, Planning Board members said they didn't have enough information to approve Robert F. Mesmer's plan to build a 2,000-foot-long airstrip at his Love Road property.
Chairman Gary Roesch said there still are unanswered questions about the airstrip's impact on wetlands, and federal and state environmental regulators haven't weighed in yet.
Mesmer is seeking a special-use permit to build the airstrip. Last month, he conducted a flyover of his property to show neighbors that his plane won't be too noisy.