[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Amherst 6-7-1982 by L.L. No. 4-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to secure safety and protect persons and property from fire, certain parking areas and access roads within the Town of Amherst, outside the Village of Williamsville, shall be regulated as hereinafter provided.
Words used in the singular shall include the plural. Words used shall imply their usual and customary meanings except as they are given specific meanings herein.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FIRE LANE
- An area near or around the perimeter of a building or on an access road thereto within or on which parking and standing are prohibited and includes those designated by the Planning Board pursuant to Chapter 203, Zoning.
- Includes, in addition to its usual and customary meaning, a lessee, receiver, trustee or assignee or other person or entity operating a hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station.
- PARKING AREA
- An area of property near or contiguous to and provided with premises having one or more buildings used as a means of access to and egress from those buildings and for the parking of motor vehicles of users, customers and patrons thereof and loading and stacking areas in connection therewith.
- PARK or PARKING
- The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
- A natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
- SHOPPING CENTER
- An area of private property totaling at least five acres having one or more stores or business establishments and nearby or contiguous parking area or areas and driving lanes.
- STAND or STANDING
- The stopping of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
The owner or person in general charge of the operation and control of an existing hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station or the Chief of the fire department for the area in which it is located may submit a written request that it be made subject to regulation hereunder. All requests shall include a plan for the implementation of the rules and regulations proposed. Upon receipt of the request, the Town Clerk shall refer it to the Planning Board. The Planning Board may require the applicant, the owner or person in general charge to submit additional information as it deems necessary. The Planning Board may submit the proposal to other public agencies and shall submit it to the owner or person in charge, where the request comes from another source, for additional advice and recommendations.
Whenever a new hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station is constructed or an existing one is enlarged, the Planning Board may make it subject to regulation under this chapter without request.
The Planning Board shall hold a public hearing to determine whether a hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station or enlargement thereof shall be subject to regulation under this chapter. The hearing shall be advertised in the same manner as provided in Chapter 203, Zoning, for site plan review and may be a part of such review.
After the hearing, the Planning Board may establish one or more fire lanes upon the access roads or parking areas for or premises of a hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station if it determines that they are necessary to secure safety and protect persons and property from fire. The Board shall direct the owner to erect signs and mark pavement necessary to designate the fire lanes established. Fire lanes shall not be located so as to eliminate existing parking spaces.
No person shall stand or park a vehicle in a fire lane.
Any vehicle removed and stored pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be impounded until the owner or operator pays the reasonable cost of removal and storage, which charge shall be in addition to all other penalties under this chapter. Any vehicle may be removed and stored at the order of the Police Department if it is:
Parked in a fire lane at any time.
Parked, abandoned or found unattended in the parking area or access roads of any hospital, shopping center, hotel or fire station during a snowstorm, flood, fire or other public emergency where it constitutes an obstruction to traffic or is located where standing or parking is prohibited.
The Planning Board may adopt rules and regulations as to number, location and type of signs, devices and markings it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
Any sign, device or marking on or of property required to comply with or carry out an order, rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter shall be erected and maintained by the owner of the property regulated. Failure to erect any such sign, device or marking within the time established therefor by the Planning Board or thereafter maintain it shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
Except as otherwise herein provided, this chapter shall be enforced by the Town Police Department.
If any section, clause or provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any persons is adjudged invalid, the adjudication shall not affect other sections, clauses or provisions or the application thereof which can be sustained or given effect without the invalid section, clause or provision or application, and to this end the various sections, clauses or provisions of this chapter are declared to be severable.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.