Development & Land Use
Law, Code, and Policy / Forms / Mapping
Recommending & Approving Bodies
Town Board (TB)
7 Members / Elected 4 Yr Term
7 PM (Work Session 5 PM)
2nd & 4th Tuesday
Site Plan, SEQR Declaration, & Special Use Permits (SUP)
Planning Board (PB)
5 Members / Appointed
Site Plan, Special Use Permits (SUP), & Architectural Integrity
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
5 Members / Appointed
Variances (Area/Use), Temporary Permits, & Interpretations of the Zoning Law.
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) RECOMMENDING
Town Staff / Advisory Chairs
Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) RECOMMENDING
10 Members / 2 Yr Term
Environmental & Ecosystem
Traffic Safety Commission (TSC)
15 Members / See Local Law for Term
TB / PB / ZBA / CAC / TSC @ Town Hall (Council Chambers) / 3301 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
EAC @ Alexander Street Community Center (2nd Floor) / 275 Alexander, Cheektowaga, NY 14221
All meetings except for the EAC are held in the Council Chambers on the First Floor of Town Hall. Please note you enter at the Ground Level Floor, Stair and Elevator access are available. The Environmental Advisory Committee is held at the Second Floor conference room of Alexander Community Center (Cheektowaga Boys & Girls Club).
2021 Comprehensive Plan
In 2021 we adopted our Comprehensive Plan. The first successful update of our Town’s land use & community plan in over 25 years. This community based visioning document was developed in part with both resident feedback and analysis of data trends. The Comprehensive Plan calls for change to permitted land uses, zoning district restructuring, adopting complete streets policy, and re-envisioning our parks.
Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC)
As part of the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program through the New York State Department of Health, GOBike Buffalo is currently contracted by the grant administrator Erie1BOCES. Helping to provide Cheektowaga with community engagement, policy and programming solutions, and small-scale infrastructure intervention in efforts to advance complete streets policy for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists within the Town.
Clean Energy Communities
Operated under NYSERDA, the Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program has played an integral part in helping communities across the State reduce energy costs, create job opportunities, and enhance the overall quality of life. Currently Cheektowaga has been designated a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community after completing four qualifying actions under the program. The four actions are clean energy upgrades to Town facilities, enacting a clean energy fleet of Town vehicles, having code enforcement engage in energy code training, and enacting a unified solar permit. Currently the Town is actively engaged in preparing for a Town-wide street lamp conversion to cost saving LED lamps.
Urban Forestry Management
In 2013 & 2014, the Town received grant funding through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for preparation of an Urban Forest Management Plan. An urban forest is classified as a network of trees and vegetation within a community, both on public and private land. These critical ecosystems provide benefits beyond visual appeal. Such benefits include offering natural cooling, filtering air & water, mitigating storm water, energy conservation, and provide habitats for wildlife. The DEC funding allowed for the inventorying of all the street trees in the Town right-of-way and Town Park. 17,088 trees where cataloged between street trees and the Town Park canopy, just over a 1,000 of which were identified as Ash trees. While contradictory to preservation of the Town’s canopy, many of the Ash trees have been removed or are slated to be removed for community safety. This is due to the spread of emerald ash bore disease. Once infected the trees are rendered dead within a short period of time.
Historical Plans & Studies