The Village of Williamsville is in the process of preparing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, and as part of introducing the project to the community, village residents and other interested parties were invited attend a public information meeting on Oct. 24.
The meeting allowed attendees to offer their input on what they feel is important for the future of the Ellicott Creek waterfront, and to help the project planning team identify important issues and opportunities in this area of the village.
A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is an extension of the New York State Coastal Management Program. Having an LWRP enables the village to evaluate land use and waterfront resources, and also develop a comprehensive strategy to effectively manage and protect resources along Ellicott Creek. The goal is to develop a village-specific program that properly manages land use and community facilities along the creek and effectively protects important natural resources.
The Village of Williamsville was awarded a grant from New York State for the preparation of the LWRP, and in September 2018, the village entered into a contract for the provision of professional services with WWS Planning to assist with this project.
As work continues on the LWRP project, draft materials and progress reports will be made available to the public for review and additional input and more community meetings will be held. Ultimately, the Williamsville Village 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 Ellicott Creek waterfront.