We must continue fight to keep Westwood green
Some people have the wrong impression of the draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS) acceptance. The Amherst Town Board has not approved the Westwood development rezoning. The Town Board has only accepted the developer’s draft plan. Now it is time for the Planning Board and the town engineer to determine whether the information is valid.
The Mensch Partners, present owners of the Westwood Country Club site, submitted a draft development plan to the Town Board three times previously. Each time, it was rejected by the board because it did not address all issues and was determined to be incomplete.
It was resubmitted again for a fourth time. This time, three out of five board members accepted it as complete. Two members did not. In the judgment of Council Member Ramona Popowich and Supervisor Barry Weinstein, the draft still was not complete. Before the vote, Weinstein clearly stated five issues that were not addressed to his satisfaction. These can be heard in a video of this special Town Board meeting on Dec. 28, 2015. The Town Engineering Department accepted the DGEIS but also found problems with some of the issues.
Rezoning Westwood has not been voted on yet. The next step is input from the Planning Board and the public. We have a new board. Council Members Deborah Bucki and Fran Spoth have replaced two board members who voted yes to the DGEIS, Mark Manna and Guy Marlette. Their term was up. So, if you would like to keep Westwood green, you still have a good fighting chance.
Keep Westwood Green has arranged a roundtable discussion with Weinstein at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Audubon Library. All are invited. Hope to see you there.