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Board weighs
 updated map
 for zoning

LEWISTON – An up-to-date zoning map that largely reflects the diverse character of Lewiston was presented Monday to the Town Board for preliminary approval.

The proposed zoning would continue to provide large areas for rural residential development, particularly in eastern and northern sections of the town. Residential zoning would remain intact for areas neighboring the Village of Lewiston at the western end of the town, with small areas designated for planned unit residential developments.

An area occupied by waste-disposal companies in the north central section of the town would remain zoned for industrial or light industrial use. The Sanborn area in the southeast corner of the town would remain mostly residential, with small general business areas to accommodate businesses already there.

Andrew C. Reilly, an engineer with the Wendel engineering and planning firm of Amherst, said the new map fairly well represents existing land use and yet leaves space for compatible expansion. Town Supervisor Steven L. Reiter said the new map is one of the final steps in adopting a modernized zoning ordinance for the town.

No significant questions about the map were raised during a brief public hearing Monday, but the Town Board allowed the public hearing to remain open for two more weeks.

In other business, the board:

*Agreed to sell a parcel of landlocked surplus town-owned property in the Powell Lane-Raymond Drive area to an adjoining landowner for $2,000 an acre.

*Approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Building Department for $23,261.

*Convened an executive session to discuss contract negotiations with town employees. The town budget for next year provides for pay raises of up to 3 percent of salary for most town employees.

*Announced that donations for victims of Superstorm Sandy in the New York City area must be dropped off at Town Hall by Wednesday.