As part of continuing efforts to effectively plan for the future of its waterfront areas, which include the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, the Town of Porter is undertaking preparation of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The town invites residents to participate.
Town residents can offer their input in a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Town Board meeting room at Porter Town Hall, 3265 Creek Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to allow the public time to review maps of existing conditions.
WWS Planning of Clarence is facilitating this effort with Porter. Wendy E. Weber Salvati, AICP, said the town's LWRP expands upon the New York State Coastal Management Program. As such, it enables the town to evaluate land use and waterfront resources, and develop a comprehensive strategy to effectively manage and protect these resources.
"By applying a local focus on land use management and the maintenance, improvement and enhancement of important resources and features in the waterfront area, an LWRP strengthens the state's program and provides the town with a roadmap to guide growth and recognize opportunities," Salvati said.
She reported the Porter Town Board, upon being awarded a state grant to pursue preparation of an LWRP, entered into a contract with WWS Planning in June 2016, to assist the town with this project.
"WWS Planning has been working with the town's Waterfront Advisory Committee to collect and review information on existing waterfront conditions, including land use and community character, economic development, public access and recreation, flooding and erosion, historic preservation, scenic resources, environmental resources and water quality," Salvati said. "To complement this information, the town is asking local citizens to assist in identifying important issues, opportunities, desires and concerns to help establish a clear vision for the waterfront."
Information gathered at Monday's session will assist in revising the state's coastal management policies to better reflect issues and opportunities of local importance.
"This information will also help to determine where projects could be undertaken for improving use and enjoyment of the waterfront," Salvati said.
As the LWRP project progresses, progress reports and draft materials will be made available to the public for review and additional input.
"Ultimately, the Porter Town Board must take action to adopt the LWRP. Therefore, public involvement is critical to ensure that this project can result in a waterfront program that protects and improves the Porter waterfront," Salvati said.
For more information, contact Town of Porter Waterfront Advisory Committee Chairperson Kathy Zasucha at 716-745-3583.