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Hamburg Comprehensive Plan - December 2022

Why Do We Need a Comprehensive Plan?

There are many benefits of a Comprehensive Plan. A Comprehensive Plan

  • helps establish a consensus on community’s vision for the future, which helps guide decisions on how to regulate growth and development (Zoning must be in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan)
  • establishes goals and objectives that guide policies, projects and practices
  • communicates the Town’s preferences and priorities about capital projects to County, State and Federal governmental agencies

The Town’s last comprehensive planning effort was in 2005. A new Comprehensive Plan will allow us to look at the changes over the past 15 years and look ahead to the future.


Who Is Leading the Development of the Comprehensive Plan?

Town staff, a professional consultant team, and a Comprehensive Plan Committee of Town residents are gathering and evaluating public input and other data to prepare the Plan. All residents of the Town are welcome and encouraged to be involved in the planning process.


How Can I Get Involved?

During 2021 and 2022, the Town will offer a number of opportunities for residents to provide input, including public meetings. Leave a comment and sign up for email alerts to get notified of upcoming events.

An online survey is coming soon!

You can contact your neighbors and friends to let them know of this important project.

We Want to Hear from You!

To create a shared vision and goals, we need to hear from community members. Get involved in the planning process and help guide the future of the Town by considering questions like: What are our housing needs? What kinds of commercial and industrial development do we want to attract and where? How should we manage our community facilities and waterfront? And more!

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What Will the Comprehensive Plan Cover?

The Comprehensive Plan will present the community’s collective vision for the next 15 years, as expressed through a Vision Statement and Goals and Objectives. The plan will gather information

and evaluate conditions versus needs and also recommend specific actions and recommendations. The plan will also consider and be designed to be as consistent as possible with other regional planning documents including the Erie-Niagara Framework for Regional Growth (2006); the REDC’s A Strategy for Prosperity in Western New York (2011, with annual Progress Report updates); the Western New York Regional Sustainability Plan (2012); and One Region Forward: A New Way to Plan for Buffalo-Niagara (2014).

Information will be shared with the public as the Plan progresses and provided on the Town’s website; like the following information


Project Update - March 2022

Stay tuned for more updates!

Survey Results

A community survey was administered to gather public input on growth and development and the vision for the community.  The online questionnaire was hosted by SurveyMonkey and was open from January 28, 2021, to March 12, 2021.  1,710 responses were received from the community. Key findings included:

  • Respondents identified empty retail space as a major concern
  • Quality of life in the Town received high marks
  • Roads, highways and other infrastructure were identified as a challenge through the condition of local streets received mostly positive ratings
  • Greenspace and sustainability were valued
  • Residential property taxes were a frequently identified challenge
  • Public transportation was not a high priority, but the story was more mixed on biking and walking.

Please click on the below link for a complete summary of the survey results


Guiding Principles

Having heard from thousands of residents, analyzed what has been happening over the last 2 decades, and taking into consideration the Regional Planning that has taken place, this Plan’s focus and goals are based on the following guiding principles:

Working Maps

Working closely with the Comprehensive Plan Committee the following maps have been created to demonstrate some of the focus areas of the plan. Please click on the below maps for an enlargement.


Public Projects in the Town

Zoning Opportunities

Other Zoning / Land Use Opportunities


Below is the approximate timeline for completion

State of the Town

Representatives of the team will be present in the lobby at the State of the Town address on 3/4/2022 to answer questions and provide additional resources. Please click on the below images for enlargements.

See the Hamburg existing zoning map here:   Hamburg Zoning Map

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