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LANDSCAPE LAW ALREADY IN LINE FOR A BRUSHUP

A year after the Village of Orchard Park passed its first landscape ordinance, the new Environmental Advisory Board wants a brushup of the law.

In particular, committee members want to add proposals for landscaping, mindful of the state's plan to rebuild Route 24 0/2 77 (Buffalo Street), and they're asking the village to adopt a tree ordinance.

"The Village Board will have to agree to all these suggestions," Trustee Evelyn Weber told colleagues at a recent meet, "but I think the suggestions will do a lot to preserve the character of the village, and that's always been an important issue for us."

Mrs. Weber was instrumental in drafting the first landscape ordinance and, when she felt it "lacked something," sought volunteers to help refine the bill.

Village officials want a say on what the state DOT plants along the refurbished roadway and will urge the DOT to use a new technique that nurtures healthier roadside trees.

"We want to know what species of tree are being proposed and we would like to comment on their (landscaping) plans," said Ann Johnson, committee chairwoman.

If passed, the tree law would require that homeowners be informed if trees are to be removed and told what tree the village plans to plant in its place. "Since our village is a built environment, there's not much new construction possible," Mrs. Weber explained. "But our landscape law says that a new business must show its plans to the Environmental Advisory Board (which) may suggest landscape treatments if it does not approve of the developer's plans."

The new laws will be presented to the Village Board in late February, Mrs. Johnson said.

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