Welcome to the Department of Planning and Development!
Our mission is to help improve the quality of our neighborhoods through best practices in urban planning and the effective administration of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. This includes our Residential Rehabilitation Program and our First Time Homebuyer Program for income-qualified households as well as our Micro-Enterprise Loan Program for small businesses.
The Office of Planning and Development administers several local initiatives that provide decent housing, sound infrastructure investment, economic opportunities, and many public services that improve the quality of our neighborhoods.
We are in the process of implementing several long-term planning objectives outlined in the Town's Comprehensive Plan including a comprehensive zoning law update, neighborhood revitalization plans, clean up efforts along River Road, and several public infrastructure investments.
Please take some time to learn more about us and how to share your views on the future of the Town of Tonawanda.
We administer three U.S. Housing and Urban Development Funding Programs including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which funds our Residential Rehabilitation Program, Micro-Enterprise Loan Program, and various public infrastructure and public service projects; the HOME Investment Partnership Act Grant (HOME) which funds our Residential Rehabilitation Program and First Time Homebuyer Program; and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) which funds sub-recipient agencies to provide shelter, homelessness prevention, and rapid rehousing services.
We are the preparers, keepers, and implementers of various townwide and neighborhood plans including the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, Complete Streets Initiative, Old Town Neighborhood Plan, Sheridan Parkside Neighborhood Plan, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), Tonawanda Tomorrow, and the Tonawanda Opportunity Area Draft GEIS and Final Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Nomination Plan.
The Town’s Zoning ordinance, set forth in Chapter 215 of the Town Code, regulates how real property in the Town can and cannot be used in certain geographic areas. Originally adopted in 1982, the Zoning ordinance has underwent various amendments in recent years. The Town is currently undergoing a comprehensive zoning law update at the recommendation of our Comprehensive Plan. Click the Zoning button to learn more.
Maps are essential components of most town departments, including zoning, property and asset management and inventory. These maps are used every day, and are maintained in a coordinated effort by all departments. Our GIS data sets include utilities, roads, buildings, property and records. Click the Interactive Maps button to learn more. Once at the site, click on the Tonawanda Map Gallery to view the various maps.
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Helpful Forms & Documents
Below are helpful forms and documents related to our most popular plans, applications, permits, and funding programs.
- folder Comprehensive Plan
- pdf MASTER ZONING PERMIT APPLICATION
- pdf NYS Short Environmental Assessment Form
- pdf Residential Rehab Program
- pdf First Time Homebuyer Program