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Decision on $35 million East Amherst subdivision won't come until June

The Amherst Town Board won't decide the fate of a controversial $35 million subdivision planned for East Amherst for at least six more weeks.

The board on Monday adjourned its review of the project until June 4 to await the completion of an analysis of the area's sanitary sewer capacity.

The board held a public hearing in March on a request to rezone 49 out of the 57 acres at 284 New Road, near Millersport Highway, from suburban agricultural to residential.

The rezoning is required before Natale Builders can move ahead with its 80-house development.

But critics of the project have raised concerns about its potential effects on wetlands, drainage, traffic, pedestrian safety and wildlife.

Fight over proposed E. Amherst subdivision pits neighbor against neighbors

The Planning Board in April 2017 recommended the rezoning. But neighbors have signed a protest petition, which means a Town Board supermajority must approve the rezoning.

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