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Town of Porter: LWRP public focus session set for Monday

Sat, Oct 21st 2017 07:25 pm
Meeting to feature draft materials on waterfront improvements
Staff reports
Porter and Youngstown-area residents will have another opportunity to participate in a public focus session on the town's continuing Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
A session will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Porter Town Hall. There, residents will learn more on the status of the LWRP and how it has evolved since it was first introduced to the public in April, according to Wendy E. Weber Salvati, AICP, of WWS Planning in Clarence. She is coordinating the program with town officials.
Last spring's session, also held at Porter Town Hall, saw a number of area residents participating in an exchange of ideas that focused on their impressions, wants and needs for the Porter waterfront areas on the lower river and the lake. Topics heard ranged from desired waterfront improvements to recreational opportunities, better access for residents, farming and agricultural interests, and concerns regarding elevated lake levels, flooding and erosion issues affecting lake shore property owners.
An extension of the state Coastal Management Program, Salvati noted the LWRP enables Porter to evaluate land use and waterfront resources and develop a comprehensive strategy for it to effectively manage and protect its water resources in the lower river area and lakeshore.
"(It) provides the town with a roadmap to guide land use and recognize opportunities," Salvati said, adding the LWRP also gives the town more local control over decisions made along its waterfront. "The goal is to develop a local program that properly manages land use and future development along the lake and river and effectively protect important coastal resources."
Salvati said Monday's session is expected to feature draft materials her group has compiled from discussions with officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other interests who have been involved on waterfront concerns affecting the lake areas over the past year.
Lake Ontario's elevated water levels and the significant erosion problems that affected the northern Niagara County areas over past months are among the local concerns to be discussed.
"The LWRP project has progressed since April, and the town is now ready to provide the public the opportunity to offer their input on what is being proposed for the waterfront to help the project planning team complete this important effort and help the town achieve its vision for the future," Salvati said.
Urging local residents to attend the session, Salvati said, "Public involvement is critical to ensure that this project can result in a waterfront program that protects and improves the Porter waterfront."
For additional information, Salvati can be contacted at 716-870-2724.

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