The potential for more traffic on Shawnee Road led the Town Board to ask for a more comprehensive traffic study Monday on the Shawnee Meadows subdivision.
Supervisor Timothy E. Demler asked the board to require the developers to include how the subdivision would affect traffic on all of Shawnee Road, from Moyer Road to Niagara Falls Boulevard, in its environmental impact study. The board gave unanimous approval.
The request came after a public discussion of what was included in the existing study of the 82-lot development. Engineer Timothy Walck of Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers said the traffic was measured at intersections "immediately adjacent" to the development at Shawnee and Moyer roads. Members of the audience said they felt the traffic flow would be heavy throughout the entire area.
"That's a good suggestion," Demler said. "It's something we could incorporate into the study."
Walck said the developers must now complete the study on the impact of the development, which has been on the books for at least two years. After the impact statement is submitted, a public hearing would be held. The board's opinions would be included in the final document, he said.
Walck said all the verbal comments made at an Oct. 25 public scoping session would be in the study. No written comments were received after the session.
The project has drawn controversy over the years over concerns with traffic and drainage.
Demler got the developers to redraw the plans to eliminate the access road to Moyer and use only one to Shawnee.
Possible drainage problems would be due to clogged ditches on Shawnee that are the responsibility of the state, it was noted.
Walck said it would likely take the developer a couple of months to address all of the issues.