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Panel prepares update of master plan

A light rail line from downtown to Buffalo Niagara International Airport and capitalizing on Cheektowaga's history are just two of the ideas being discussed as planners prepare to launch a two-year project to update the town's 15-year-old master plan.

Earlier this month, Cheektowaga signed a $223,000 contract with Wendel Duchscherer, which will help town officials organize the planning and "create a future vision for growth," Council Member Alice Magierski said.

il,14l,5p5 Magierski said a small committee of town officials has been working nearly four years to prepare for the planning, and officials have identified "seven main concerns" for planners to address.

They include: defining a future vision or identity for Cheektowaga, developing and renewing neighborhoods, determining if past planning goals have been met and obtaining strong public participation in drafting the master plan.

"Over the next two years, groups will gather to imagine and plan Cheektowaga's future," zoning officer Daniel Ulatowski said. "It's exciting that we will now begin our long-range planning, when we ask the public about the direction we should go in the next 20 years."

Magierski, who will become town clerk Jan. 1, said that she will continue to work on the master plan and that Supervisor-elect Mary F. Holtz will take over as liaison between the planners and the Town Board.

Magierski said a series of public presentations and meetings will be scheduled so those leading the planning process can explain what is involved and how people can take part.


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