Self-described "under-developer" Frank Parlato plans a unique project involving a 36-acre site in the Town of Hamburg that would leave about half the land undeveloped.
Only nine housing lots would be developed in the proposed Tri-Park Estates subdivision between Lakeview and North Creek roads. The land in the middle and buffer zones between each lot would be part of a forest preserve and left wild, Parlato said. Each lot would be secluded by natural vegetation.
The lots are being cleared by hand to preserve as many trees and as much vegetation as possible.
The town Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The lots, five fronting on North Creek and four on Lakeview, will range is size from two to five acres. He said he has not yet established selling prices, but said they will be "reasonable."
Restrictions will govern the minimum size of houses as well as prohibit hunting and removal of trees, Parlato said.
Parlato, who has been active in promoting land preservation and limiting development, described the project as an "experiment to see if we can develop without abusing the land and at the same time providing economic value."
He said each lot is being designed in the field to provide a spectacular view and seclusion.
Tri-Park derives its name from nearby county- and town-owned land earmarked for future parks. The preserved land would be the third park.
Hamburg Planning Board OKs Nine-Lot Subdivision
The Buffalo News
May 05, 1995, Friday, South Edition
A site plan for a 36-acre subdivision that would involve only nine
housing lots and preserve much of the area in its natural state has been approved by the Town of Hamburg Planning Board.
Frank Parlato plans the Tri-Park Estate subdivision between North Creek and Lakeview roads.
The Planning Board approved the site plan with several restrictions, including drainage requirements, a 50-foot-wide buffer zone along a stream and deed restrictions as proposed by Parlato to preserve the green space.
Turnaround driveways will be required so that cars don't have to back out into the street.
The board on Wednesday also approved Andrew Romanowski's plan for a modular home sales office for Alliance Homes at Camp and Howard roads.