Picture Union Road in West Seneca, and you see a commercial strip with fast food eateries, single-family houses made into businesses with parking in what used to be the front yard, and not too many pedestrians.
But the Town Board is hoping to change that view over time with new design standards for the town and added ones for Union Road, the state Route 277 that connects West Seneca with Cheektowaga and Orchard Park.
The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes in design standards for non-residential property during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.
"Our expectations are somewhat higher than what they have been in the past," Supervisor Sheila Meegan said. "We want this town to be appealing so that businesses settle here."
The plan wants to ensure that multi-family and non-residential development:
- Creates lively, pedestrian-friendly, and attractive buildings, sites, open spaces and streetscapes where residents and visitors enjoy walking, biking and driving.
- Encourages the creation of dynamic, public activity centers for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
- Develops office and industrial parks to resemble a campus-like environment that incorporates open space and pedestrian amenities where appropriate.
- And that future private development positively contributes to the public realm and ensures compatibility with surrounding developments so as not to detract from the overall streetscape.
The standards would apply to new businesses and new construction, Meegan said.