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Amherst Town Board grants more time to consider land-use requests

The Amherst Town Board no longer will hold a public hearing and act on the request on the same night for land-use matters.

The Town Board now will wait until the following meeting, at the earliest, before taking a vote on the subject of the public hearing.

The Town Board made the procedural change at the urging of Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa. He said public hearings often raise new information, or questions, that he would like board members to have additional time to process before making a decision.

The change applies to zoning-change requests, proposals to designate historic districts and other land-use measures.

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency similarly waits at least one meeting to vote on tax-break requests that were the subject of a public hearing.

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