Clean Air’s Comments on the Town of Tonawanda Comprehensive Zoning Amendment

In response to the Town of Tonawanda’s Draft Comprehensive Zoning Amendment, our Tonawanda Tomorrow Team worked tirelessly this summer to conduct public outreach and engagement, and to develop feedback on the draft. Below is a copy of the comments we submitted, and if you would like to send a letter supporting our comments, you can do so by clicking here.

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Additionally, we also reached out to colleagues at Smart Growth America for a review of the draft, and these are their findings, which we submitted as a supplemental to our comments.

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The TTT also advocated strongly for an extension of this public comment period, requesting that the deadline be shifted from August 31 by 30-45 days, to September 30 or October 15. Unfortunately, despite a petition with 78 signatures, 7 emails sent through our ActionNetwork tool, and multiple direct asks by Clean Air staff at Town Board and Zoning Board meetings, this request was not honored. In response to our comments, however, we have been informed that there will be additional time for public comments throughout the environmental review process, and that additional public meetings will be scheduled.

Update – the Town of Tonawanda announced on September 7 that the comment period has been extended to October 31! This is a big win – we asked that the town extend the comment period by 30-45 days, and this extension is by 61 days!

You can submit your comments until October 31 directly by calling town representatives at 716-871-8847, Ext.1, or by emailing

Clean Air is also still collecting comments through our form, and if requested can submit your comments anonymously. 

When the Town publishes it’s response to our comments on the draft amendment, we will share the feedback on our comments here as well as through our social media. We expect that responses will be shortly followed by a public hearing to vote on approving the final version of the Comprehensive Zoning Amendment – stay tuned for more information, or contact Bridge to get involved with the Tonawanda Tomorrow Team!

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