The Town of Wheatfield, located in Niagara County, has completed a Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) in accordance with the New York State Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act. An LWRP is a locally prepared comprehensive land and water use plan based on the policies of the New York State Coastal Management Program. The Wheatfield Draft LWRP has been prepared by the Town with assistance from the New York State Department of State.
The Town of Wheatfield Draft LWRP provides a comprehensive framework within which critical local waterfront issues along the Town's Niagara River and Tonawanda Creek (Erie Canal) watyerfronts can be addressed, together with proposed revitalization projects. The Draft LWRP refines the State Coastal Management Program (CMP) by incorporating local needs, issues, and objectives. An analysis of the effects of the future incorporation of the Town of Wheatfield LWRP into the CMP could be found here.
The Town of Wheatfield Draft LWRP contains seven sections and six appendices:
Section I - Local Waterfront Revitalization Area Boundary - This section provides a detailed narrative and graphic description of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Area (LWRA) boundary. The Draft LWRP proposes modifications to the existing State Coastal Boundary, extending it further inland along the Niagara River waterfront and expanding the boundary to include waterfront lands along the Tonawanda Creek (Erie Canal).
Section II - Inventory and Analysis - This section describes the existing natural and man-made resources within the LWRA, as well as an analysis of opportunities and constraints to development.
Section III - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Policies - This section presents the coastal management policies that apply to the Town of Wheatfield. The policy explanations of the New York State Coastal Management Program have, in some cases, been expanded to reflect the local conditions within the Town LWRA. These policies are based on the economic, environmental, and cultural characteristics of Town’s local waterfront revitalization area, and represent a balance between economic development and preservation, which will permit beneficial use of and prevent adverse effects on waterfront resources. The policies shall serve as the basis for local, State and Federal consistency determinations for activities affecting the LWRA. No policy shall be viewed as being more significant than another. The policies should be read in conjunction with the specific standards of relevant local laws.
Section IV - Proposed Land and Water Uses and Projects - This section describes proposed long-term land and water uses within the Town’s LWRA, as well as proposed projects needed to implement the LWRP. Proposed uses and actions described in this section are intended to protect waterfront resources, maintain the existing character of the community, properly accommodate future development, and increase public access. The proposed projects will improve opportunities for public access and recreation.
Section V - Techniques for Implementation of the Local Program - This section describes the local laws, management structure, and financial resources necessary to implement the policies and proposed uses set forth in Sections III and IV.
Section VI - State and Federal Actions and Programs Likely to Affect Implementation of the LWRP - This section consists of a list of State and Federal actions and programs which must be undertaken in a manner consistent with the Town of Wheatfield LWRP, as well as a description of specific State and Federal actions necessary to further implementation of the LWRP.
Section VII - Local Commitment and Consultation - This section summarizes the actions taken by the Town of Wheatfield to obtain local input and support for their Draft LWRP, and efforts made to consult with other agencies in the development of the Draft LWRP.
1. The highlighted Town of Wheatfield Draft LWRP (pdf) link at the top of this page accesses the main document which includes links to referenced maps. The appendices, which are excluded from the main document, can be seen by clicking the highlighted links above this note.
2. The highlighted Map Gallery (pdf) link at the top of this page accesses a document containing all of the maps referenced in the main document. This is a secondary option to view the maps for those with browsers that prevent access to the maps through the links in the main document.
3. The Summary is a required document for the federal review of draft LWRPs, and can be accessed by clicking the highlighted Summary (pdf) link at the top of this page or the highlighted word at the end of the second paragraph.