Boards & Committees
The seven member Recreation Commission was established pursuant to Town Law by the Town Board in 1998. Prior to this a Recreation Committee which met on an as needed basis to advise the Town Board, completed an initial survey of Town residents to assess recreational activities and needs in Orchard Park, and advised the Town Board of the need for a Recreation Commission. Members of the Recreation Commission are appointed to seven year terms by the Town Board. Each year one member’s term expires. The Commission’s main function is to develop a master plan for recreation, including parks, facilities and programs which meet the present and future needs of the community. The Commission is charged with providing well researched and well thought out recommendations to the Town Board to enhance and expand recreation. The members of the Commission work closely with the Recreation Director, the Town Board, the Engineering Department, the Parks and Grounds Superintendent, the Planning Board, and the Trails Task Force. In addition the Commission works to develop partnerships with various volunteer recreational groups to assist the Town in providing recreation as deemed appropriate by the Town Board.
The purpose of the Architectural Overlay District is to maintain and enhance the unique character of North Buffalo Road from the Village of Orchard Park north border to Southwestern Boulevard.
The Historic Preservation Board is charged to protect and enhance the landmarks and historic buildings in the Town of Orchard Park that represent distinctive elements of Orchard Park’s historic, architectural and cultural heritage. This Board may recommend the designation of a property or group of properties as an historic site, subject to Town Board approval, as a Town Landmark. In addition, the Historic Preservation Board assists property owners seeking Town, State or National Historic Landmark designations, reviews all applications for building permits on Landmark designated properties and issues approvals prior to the issuance of building permits. The Board is also charged with the task of taking a photographic inventory and historic survey of old buildings in the Town and keeping all records of these properties identified as significant.