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Lockport developers revise subdivision layouts

LOCKPORT – Developers of two Town of Lockport subdivisions, both approved years ago but not yet built, presented requests to the town Planning Board last week to be allowed to construct the same number of homes on smaller lots.

Chief Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said requests for “cluster developments” were submitted by the owners of Westcott Lane and Phase 4 of the Meadow Brook subdivision.

Under town ordinances, a cluster development allows for lots as small as 60 feet in width with a mandatory amount of green space within the development.

CL&F Development, owner of Westcott Lane, which is off Raymond Road, was approved in 2006 for a 71-home subdivision. However, it has never been built. The company is headed by David J. Capretto of Forbes Homes.

Belson said the developer is now seeking to build 71 patio-type homes on the smaller lots, with a homeowners’ association to govern the subdivision and a walking path, among other amenities, to be part of the green space.

Sherwood Drive, part of Meadow Brook Phase 4, is owned by 5937 Wynkoop Inc., named for the home address of Councilwoman Patricia Dufour and her husband. The subdivision was approved for 22 homes in 2009. Now, the plan is to be revised to make 20 of them patio-style houses on the undersized lots, Belson said.

The councilwoman said she had not spoken to any of the Planning Board members about her project.

Both developers presented only sketch plans, on which the board has yet to act.

In another project, a proposal was submitted by Charles Dahlke of the Life by Design architectural firm, who plans to reuse a former snowmobile dealership at 6695 S. Transit Road.

Besides placing his own business in the building, Dahlke envisions a business that will have the equipment to scan large plans electronically. There would be as many as seven tenants altogether, including an Amish furniture store, an art studio and the office of a mobile chiropractor who takes his practice on the road.

There also was discussion of the town’s upcoming new comprehensive plan. The Planning, Zoning and Fire boards will meet jointly to review the draft Thursday. That leads up to the first public information and comment session, set for May 14.

The draft has yet to be posted on the town website. Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith had said in early March that it would be posted about a month before the first comment session.