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East Aurora design guidelines get boost from urban planner

The Village of East Aurora's design guidelines are still a work in progress.

But now, the village has someone new trying to make them become reality.

Planning Commission member Annie Redmond, an urban planner who lives in the village, volunteered to take on the project after it seemed to dead-end when nothing more was heard from Pittsford Mayor Robert Corby.

Corby, an architectural consultant, had been working on plans for East Aurora for several months, but village officials said they have heard nothing more from him in recent weeks and have been unable to reach him.

Redmond gave a brief overview this week of the work she has planned on the guidelines, telling the Village Board that she is breaking the project up into three different geographic focus areas to draft guidelines for the East End, Mid-Main and the West End.

The draft will be slightly different from what was crafted for the Village of Hamburg, she said.

The design guidelines -- which at the outset were intended to improve the look and feel of the heart of the village -- also are envisioned by village officials as a resource to guide developers about what village officials want in terms of design.

Redmond said she hopes to finalize the draft of the East End plan in the next month and forward it to the Village Board. She said she does not have a defined deadline, but would like to forward sections of her recommendations to the board as she gets them done.

"Our intent is to push these [guidelines] forward and be aggressive, but make sure everyone is on the same page," Redmond said.

Trustee Patrick Shea said he wants to see the village's design guidelines be much clearer for developers to interpret, noting the tedious process that West-Herr is going through with its improvements.