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Devonomics Main Street Business District Market Analysis Executive Summary



Devonomics Main Street Business District Market Analysis Executive Summary



Devonomics Summary of Comparable Village Review



Draft Conceptual
Land Use Plan



Conceptual Land Use Summary



Williamsville Water Mill Concepts



Long Street Area Concepts



Greenway Concept



Greenway Concept – Milton



Greenway Concept – Glen Ave




Community Plan Workshop

On April 24, 2007, a Community Plan Workshop was held and dealt with the following topics:

Village-Wide Land Use Concepts
Economic Development of Main Street
Future Opportunities for Parks & Water Mill
Concepts for a Pedestrian & Business Friendly Main Street

The following is a summary of the topics and materials reviewed during the public workshop:

Main Street Economic Development

David Versel, of the marketing and economic development firm Devonomics presented a market overview of Williamsville’s Main Street, lessons from similar communities, and findings and implications of this analysis as it pertains to goals for Williamsville’s Main Street and its businesses.

Follow the links below to access a compilation of reports and analyses by Mr. Versel

Devonomics Main Street Business District Market Analysis Executive Summary
Devonomics Market Analysis of Main Street Business District Report
Devonomics Summary of Comparable Village Review



Land Use Concepts


Village Wide Land Use Plan

Planning, by its very nature, is about anticipating change and being ready to meet it. The conceptual land use plan does just that. While the majority of the village, particularly its stable, single-family neighborhoods, is anticipated to continue as is, some areas of the village have been identified as candidates for change. These areas include Main Street, as well as the Main Street “Core”-- focused on the mill, Ellicott Creek and municipal buildings. The Land Use discussion was led by Lawrence Bice, of Behan Planning and focused on identifying areas of the village where a new land-use direction should be pursued.

Follow the links below to see the Conceptual Land Use Plan.

Draft Conceptual Land Use Plan
Conceptual Land Use Summary

Mill/Spring Street

The mill is arguably the gem of Williamsville. Its importance to the community is evidenced by its prominence in the village seal. Located as it is at the center of the village, both physically and historically, the mill has a large role to play in the future character and development of the village. The consultant team, working closely with the Community Plan Committee, has developed a number of concepts and ideas for what could happen in this area of the village. Doug Brackett, of Environmental Design & Research and a one time resident of Williamsville, together with Behan Planning, presented some of the key concepts and ideas with respect to the mill.

The link below provides a flavor of what was presented at the meeting.

Williamsville Water Mill Concepts

Long Street Area

The Long Street recreation field and surrounding neighborhood was identified as one area of the village in particular where change could happen. Industrial uses that occupy large areas of land in this neighborhood may one day leave the village. Therefore, the village should be prepared so that when change does occur, it does so in a manner that reflects the community’s vision for the village. Conceptual area plans show some possible ways in which the area could change and South Long Street Park could be improved, if and when change comes. It should be stressed that conceptual area plans are just that – conceptual. They are meant to evoke basic guiding principles, and should not be interpreted as blueprints for development. Namely, these principles are: 1) Village Character, 2) Dynamic Open Space and 3) Appealing Living Environments. Preserving and enhancing the South Long Street Park is key.

Follow the link below to read a draft report on the Long Street area.

Long Street Area Concepts

Greenways

A secondary route through the village for pedestrians and bicyclists was devised as an alternative to Main Street, given the high amount of traffic the street carries. The intent is to provide an alternative, particularly for children, which will allow people to move through the village and its parks in a “greenway”. This concept is depicted in the following link. The greenway concept and images were originally developed for the village by Peter J. Smith & Company.

Greenway Concept
Greenway Concept – Milton
Greenway Concept – Glen Ave



Transportation Alternatives

With an average daily traffic of approximately 36,000 vehicles per day, Williamsville’s Main Street is a very busy road. This is not news to both village residents and those who come to Williamsville to work, shop and play. Every day, large amounts of traffic make driving and walking through the heart of the village difficult at best. The Community Plan Committee has been hard at work on finding ways to tame traffic and strengthen and support the qualities of Main Street that make it a place where people want to spend time, do business and enjoy themselves. Steve Ferranti, principal of SFR Associates, a leading traffic planning firm, and the entire consultant team, has been working closely with the committee to arrive at options and alternatives for Main Street that make it a more pedestrian and business friendly environment. Mr. Ferranti presented these ideas at the public workshop.

The link below provides some background information on the types of alternatives that have been considered, as well as current Main Street conditions.

Transportation Alternatives