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Clarence encouraging more retail 'to create more of a hamlet feel'

With commercial property growing scarce in Clarence, the Town Board has adopted a new zoning code that increases the amount of retail space in a multi-family developments from 25 percent to 5o percent retail.

Multi-family properties are not allowed in residential and rural areas.

"The town is very limited on commercial property  and we don't want it to be developed wall-to-wall with residences. We want some commercial elements there," said Supervisor Patrick Casilio at Wednesday's town board meeting.

"The goal is to encourage commercial development in those zones," said James Callahan, director of community development. "We want to create more of a hamlet feel."

Current zoning laws in the town restrict multi-family residential properties to no more than two stories in height and eight-units per acre, said Callahan.

The updated code, written by the Planning Board, was adopted after a six-month moratorium.




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