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Concord considers rezoning Cascade Drive land parcel

CONCORD — The town of Concord held its regular board meeting on March 13, at the town hall

The meeting opened with the board seeking special council from Attorney Daniel Spitzer of Hodgson Russ LLP, over a property rezoning issue. The Roosa Corporation, a development company that owns a large amount of property in the Springville area, is seeking the Concord town and planning board’s approval of plans to rezone a section of land that is an extension of the Tops Market Plaza, located on South Cascade Drive. Currently, the property is zoned as an Agricultural-Residential property, which only allows the land to be used as farmland or for housing projects. The Roosa Corporation would like the land to be zoned for commercial use.

After the proposal was brought to the planning board, it was then presented to the town board, which asked Spitzer to advise them on the next step of the process.

“It’s not uncommon that we bring an attorney like Dan Spitzer in to advise us on areas of law that the board lawyers may not have a lot of experience with,” said Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito.

Spitzer advised the board that, before they moved on to the next step of the rezoning process that involves calling a public hearing, Roosa Corporation should present the board with a proposal for how they plan on using the land, if it was to be rezoned as a commercial property.

A representative from the Roosa Corporation was present at the meeting and said that providing the plans should not be an issue.

After the meeting, Eppolito said that rezoning a portion of the vacant property around the Tops Market plaza from ag-residential to commercial property would likely happen in the future.

“A lot of property around that area is too small to farm on and isn’t great residential real estate, so rezoning it to commercial property will be in the works, for the future,” he explained.

The town board will take another look at the proposal at its next meeting in April.

Concord Highway Supervisor and Fire Department Chief Dennis Dains reported that the new 911 call system is up and running. The Enhanced 911 system can now trace the location of cell phone calls coming into the emergency call centers. Similar to when a call comes into on a landline, calls from cell phones will be traced to the closest address.

According to Dains, the system will provide quicker response times from emergency responders. The new system will also help when locating someone who may be lost and in need of assistance.

“Say a snowmobiler or hiker is hurt or lost; as long as they have phone service long enough to connect with a dispatch center, emergency responders will be able to locate them,” said Dains.

Concord is the third town in Erie County to receive the new system.

On the highway department side, Dains updated the board that, due to the harsh winter, New York state will be providing an additional $50 million in funding for state, county and town highway departments, increasing the budget to $482 million, across the state. The raise in funds will provide highway departments at all levels more money for road repair and maintenance projects, throughout the remainder of the New York state fiscal year.

In other board matters:

– The board approved a $250 donation to the Southtowns Rural Preservation Co., Inc. to help supplement the costs for a new grant writer.

– Board members reappointed Robin Sion to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

– Authorization was given to the town clerk to begin advertising for trash collection bids.

– The board also discussed the initial plans for purchasing a new tractor for the village park.

The Concord town board’s next meeting will be held on April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Town Hall on Franklin Street.


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