James Hartz, AICP

Director of Community Development 

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30am - 3:30pm

map icon 169 Sheridan Parkside Dr.        
     Tonawanda, NY  14150  

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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.

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 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.


Helpful Forms & Documents

  folder Comprehensive Plan

pdf Special Use Permit Application (131 KB)

pdf Site Plan Review Application (162 KB)

pdf Rezoning Application (217 KB)

pdf Performance Standards Use Permit Application (153 KB)

Planning & Development FAQ's

Call James Hartz, Director of Community Development at 871-8847. Jim or his staff will provide you the necessary application forms and guide you through the review process.

If you income qualify, you may be eligible for a 0% interest, deferred payment loan to make needed housing repairs. For more information on the Town's Home Repair Program, please call 871-8847 ext 3.

If you income qualify, you may be eligible for a closing cost assistance loan to help you purchase a home. Certain pre-qualification requirements apply. For more information on the Town's First-Time Homebuyer Program, please call 871-8847 ext.2

Planning & Development Resources

About your right to Fair Housing Choice

The Town of Tonawanda strives to advocate for fair housing choice for all people looking to reside within the Town. Your right to choose a home or apartment wherever you want is protected under federal and state laws. It is illegal for a landlord to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, family status, age, military status, sexual orientation, or disability. For complete information on all of your housing rights you may visit the U.S. HUD and the NYS Division of Human Rights websites.

How to file a discrimination case

If you feel that you may have been discriminated against in your search for a housing unit, then you may file a discrimination case with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York State Division of Human Rights. Information on how to file a case can be found here:  File a Case

More information and advocacy

If you need assistance in filing your complaint with U.S. HUD, you may contact the Town's Fair Housing Officer, James D. Hartz, AICP, Director of Community Development at (716) 871-8847 ext.1 or you may contact our local fair housing advocacy organization at H.O.M.E.

The Town of Tonawanda, through the HOME Investment Partnership Program, is offering up to $5,000 loans for first-time homebuyers with qualifying incomes to cover closing costs associated with the purchase of their first home in the Town of Tonawanda (including the Village of Kenmore). These are long-term, deferred payment, interest-free loans. You need not make any payments toward the loan until your home is sold, transferred in title, refinanced and add additional debt, apply for a home equity loan, mortgage, if the owner dies, or you cease to occupy the property as your principal residence.

For more information on the program please review the First-Time Homeowner Fact Sheet  If you have any questions or need an application for the program, please contact Ms. Kristen Drozdzak, Office Manager, at (716) 871-8847 Ext. 2 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Residential Rehabilitation Program - 0% Interest, Deferred Payment Loan Program

Low to moderate income homeowners in the Town of Tonawanda are eligible for the 0% interest, deferred payment loan program. This loan program provides qualified applicants with funding for needed housing repairs. Eligible work items include things such as your foundation wall, roof, siding, windows, heating system, and electrical system. The program may not be used for room additions or luxury items.The loan is secured on the property through a mortgage filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office. The loan does not have to be paid back until the property transfers in the future or if it ceases to be your principal residence.The Town of Tonawanda does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or the presence of children in determining admission to the housing programs we administer. 

 
For More Information & Details

Resident homeowners in the Town of Tonawanda who wish to participate in the 0% Interest, Deferred Payment Loan Program or would like further information should call Dawn Lisowski at (716) 871-8847 ext. 3 or send an Email.  You may also view the current program guidelines page by clicking on the link to the left.For a printable flyer click here: 2016 Town of Tonawanda Home Repair Program

Comprehensive Housing Counseling

Residents of the Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore have the services of one of the area's finest housing counseling agencies,Belmont Housing Resources of Western New York.

If you need housing counseling and your housing issues are:

  • Budgeting
  • Debt / credit issues
  • Disputes between you and your landlord
  • Fair housing
  • Mortgage default
  • Pre-purchase or post-purchase counseling
  • Rent delinquency
You may contact a counselor at Belmont Offices or reach them at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center once a month. The dates the counselor will be available on-site are published on the website calendar, in local newspapers, or available by calling the Planning and Community Development Office at 871-8847.
 
Belmont Housing Resources of WNY

1195 Main St.
Buffalo, NY  14209

Ph: (716) 884-7791

About the Weatherization Program
The Town of Tonawanda uses its Community Development funds to contract with Supportive Services Corporation of Western New York to operate a free weatherization program for Town and Village residents. The weatherization program is open to homeowners and tenants with limited or fixed incomes. To qualify, incomes may not exceed the following limits for family size:
 

Family SizeMonthly IncomeYearly Income
1 $2,138 $25,656
2 $2,796 $33,552
3 $3,453 $41,436
4 $4,111 $49,332
5 $4,769 $57,228
6 $5,427 $65,124

* Income Limits are updated periodically.  For the latest information, please call Supportive Services.

Weatherization Improvements
The Weatherization Program Energy Auditors from Supportive Services will conduct a home energy audit on the house or apartment to determine the type of energy improvements each residence will need. Free conservation improvements may include:
 

  • Replacing or repairing inefficient or unsafe boilers and furnaces
  • Insulating exterior walls, ceilings, floors and hot water tanks
  • Replacing or repairing broken windows and poorly fitting doors


Tenants need the approval of their landlords before submitting an application to the program, which will involve work on the landlord's property. Weatherization improvements of up to $6,000 may be made under the program. Professional contractors hired by Supportive Services perform all of the weatherization work, which is inspected and approved in writing by project inspectors.

More Information
For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for the program, call Supportive Services at (716) 685-6252.