About 20 local residents met with the town Zoning Commission on Monday night to discuss a proposed zoning ordinance.
Farmersville, which has never adopted a zoning ordinance, formed the zoning commission in 1992 after Integrated Waste Services of Buffalo expressed interest in building a landfill in the town. Integrated Waste currently has an application pending before the State Department of Environmental Conversation to place a 137-acre landfill on the 435-acre parcel it purchased 1990.
The zoning commission, however, has no authority over the proposed landfill, said commission chairman Frank Warren.
In October, the Town Board amended a local law to ban future landfills.
Warren said the goal of the commission is to "structure a zoning ordinance that will achieve some of the goals for developing the future of Farmersville."
The commission presented an ordinance proposal that splits the town into four districts. Many residents of this agricultural community of about 900 who attended the meeting Monday night said they would prefer no changes.
"We want to see Farmersville stay the way it is," said Mrs. Louis Rose. "We like it the way it is."
Cattaraugus County chief planner Dr. Terrence Martin said it is important for Farmersville to adopt a zoning ordinance. "It is very common in rural New York to have zoning, and as long as you don't have changes, it is not a problem," he said.