AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some residents in the Town of Amherst faced off against the planning board Thursday night, claiming a development will move wetlands into their backyards.
Neighbors say that ever since the Fox Creek senior townhomes on Transit Road between Casey and North French were built last summer, they have been experiencing flooding issues. Their new concern is that if the proposed expansion of the complex is approved, it will exacerbate the problem.
The Amherst Planning Board took no action Thursday night on whether to re-zone an acre of land off Transit to allow for the expansion. After hearing concerns of residents, the developer agreed to hold off.
Neighbors say the rain, snow and creek runoff from nearby wetlands have caused flooding and standing water in their yards.
“Back in December when we had that severe rain, we had a lot of flooding that was kind of directly across from where their retention pond was,” Dana Hensley said. “We don’t want any further developments from Fox Creek Estates any closer to us without any kind of mitigation from the town.”
Hensley and her husband Keith gathered signatures from about 40 neighbors who oppose the project, some of whom spoke to the planning board Thursday night.
One neighbor said, “Our compost pile is now worthless because it’s all mold. We continue to have to cut our grass when it’s wet. We have only limited access to our fire pit.”
Attorney Sean Hopkins, who represents the developer, says he will bring in an engineer to meet with the neighbors before the next planning board meeting on February 20.
“I expressed an interest in meeting with the neighbors, bringing a licensed engineer, and seeing if we can collaborate together to address some of their concerns relative to drainage and flooding,” Hopkins said.
After neighbors spoke to the board and the meeting ended, they had a chance to speak with Hopkins and said they are very pleased that he and the developer are being proactive and are hoping they can come up with a satisfactory resolution.
Neighbors say they would also like the Army Corps of Engineers to come out and survey the land before any new construction takes place.