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An Alden master plan update may be ready for Village Board review by late fall, village officials said.

Wendel Engineering of Lockport, the county Department of Environment and Planning, and a nine-member village Master Plan Advisory Committee are working on the update. The work is being funded by a $29,925 county grant and by $3,500 from the village.

Committee Chairman Jim Trapp said a Village and Town of Alden master plan done in the 1970s needs to be revised. He said town officials opted not to take part in the update.

"Basically, it is outdated," Trapp said. "At this point, the village is going it alone."

He said several issues have been tackled in the update, including how to deal with village traffic patterns, business promotion, and village flooding problems during heavy rainfalls. Trapp said the group is also concerned about finding ways to fill the former Tops Plaza on Broadway with additional businesses.

"We want to avoid a situation where there is uncontrolled growth," Trapp said.

He said the group will look at ways to maintain the village water supply, which includes an underground aquifer and a four-well system. Trapp said future town development may affect the village.

"We are concerned how development in the town (of Alden) will affect the water supply," Trapp said.

Spencer Schofield, senior planner of the county Department of Environment and Planning, said the village is among the 22 municipalities that received grants in 1999. He said the updated plan will need to address future village concerns.

"A lot of master plans are 20 years old or older," Schofield said. "We are looking for a 15-year horizon."

Trapp said a public hearing to get more input for an updated master plan may be done in March. He said no date for such a hearing has been set.

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