CITY OF LOCKPORT

COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN

II.

CITY VISION AND GOALS

A.

VISION STATEMENT

The City of Lockport is an historic city in a rapidly suburbanizing area. Its unique assets include: • • • • • • • • • Attractive traditional residential neighborhoods Small town quality of life Regional employment center, including major concentrations of government, manufacturing uses County Seat and crossroads of Niagara County Historic Erie Canal Full range of city institutions and services Extensive parks system Unique natural selling on the Niagara Escarpment Location in the path of growth outward from the Buffalo metropolitan area

office, and

B.

COMPREHENSIVE

PLAN GOALS

Residential Areas • • • • • Preserve the residential integrity of the City's neighborhoods by limiting conversions of single-family homes to multi-fantily or commercial use Provide planning support for more aggressive and prompt enforcement of the Housing and Building Codes, zoning ordinance, and land development regulations Continue the City's affordable and assisted housing program Institute a maintenance/replacement program for mature street trees Identify and promote new residential development areas

Central Business District • Bring additional business and activity to the central business district through: • Encouragement of Erie Canal tourism and related development • Redevelopment of the South Block, including providing a suitable relocation site for the Farmers Market Redevelopment of the Richmond Avenue Block Aesthetic improvements, including additional street trees, landscaping and street furniture in public areas, encouragement of traditional architectural styles, and design improvements to bring the Canal to public allention at the street level Support the efforts of the Lockport City Business Association Provide improvements to the City parking ramp to encourage its use • •

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PLAN

Commercial Areas • • • Continue to attract high quality office and other commercial development Encourage maximum landscaping and street trees on commercial sites In mixed-use areas, where single-family houses have been converted to conunercial use, preserve front lawns, landscaping and residential architectural styles Areas • • Work to retain existing industries and to attract new industries to the City Encourage clean-up of contaminated industrial sites and Open Space

Industrial

Parks, Recreation • • • • •

Maintain and improve the City's parks Work to extend the Canal way Trail west from the lock area PreseIVe and enhance views from and to the Niagara Escarpment Preserve and enhance the green aspects of the City, including street trees and landscaping Preserve, protect and enhance habitat areas including wetlands, floodplains, the Erie Canal corridor, the Rollin T. Grant Gulf Wilderness, and the Niagara Escarpment

Vacant Land • Evaluate the highest development potentials of the City's significant vacant parcels, consistent with preservation of the integrity of surrounding land uses, especially residential and park land Encourage new uses which increase tax base, to the extent possible taking into account the needs of surrounding land uses Uses Support the City's institutions in their role of providing valuable service to City residents and visitors Support cooperative efforts among institutions

Institutional • •

Historic Preservation • • • Work to preserve the City historic architecture and districts Encourage adaptive reuse of historic structures Make residents and visitors more aware of the City's National Register and other historic buildings and sites Transportation • • S. Transit St.: Maintain current roadway width, street trees and sidewalks. Improve traffic flow through signalization and left-turning lanes Encourage completion of NYS Department of Transportation identified road and bridge improvement projects within the City and its surrounding area

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PLAN

Work with surrounding municipalities, Niagara County, the NYS DOT, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee, and the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce on planning for
road and other transportation improvements

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Maintain and upgrade City streets and parking areas as necessary Strengthen linkages between the Erie Canal and land-based transportation

systems

Utility Infrastructure
• • Maintain and upgrade the City's water and wastewater Work to reduce the overload on the City's Wastewater system as necessary Treatment Plant due to

storm

water

runoff during periods of wet weather Work with the Town of Lockport to address interdependent infrastructure system needs Cooperation
a continuing forum for cooperation with surrounding towns and Niagara

Regional and Intermunicipal
• • Help to establish

County
Explore service consolidation and sharing arrangements

Work with regional entities such as Niagara County, the University of Buffalo, the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Buffalo Partnership on new approaches to
regional cooperation

Comprehensive • •

Plan Implementation

Identify a series of development projects to be completed over time, to implement the Comprehensive Plan Adopt, annually update, and implement a City of Lockport Capital Improvements Program

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