Community Development

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 William Smith

William Smith
Director of Plannng & Community Development

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Angola, New York 14006

Despite the population decline in Western New York, the Town of Evans has experienced an increase in residential and commercial development over the past decade as a result of suburban migration to the Town from the Buffalo metropolitan communities; the conversion of lakefront seasonal residences to year-round residences; the attraction of the "rural type" features that the open space in Evans provides; and the affordability of the diverse housing stock. Our waterfront location has also made the Town a popular spot for tourism and recreation, especially during the summer months.

The Town's recent residential and commercial development has been centered in four areas:

  • Between New York State (NYS) Route 5 and the Lakefront;
  • Seasonal tourist locations;
  • The Village of Angola; and
  • Among highways, such as NYS Route 5 (Erie Road), US Route 20 (Southwestern Boulevard) and the NYS Thruway (I-90).
There is great potential for further commercial expansion in the four high traffic areas referenced above.

About Us

The Town of Evans is located approximately 20 miles southwest of the Buffalo metropolitan area, and is considered a rural community with the benefit of 12 miles of waterfront. The Town is located in geographic proximity to the major trading centers of the Northeast and is a bi-national gateway for commerce due to our region's border location with Canada.

In addition to the Thruway (Exit 57A - Eden/Angola), east west access is facilitated by New York State Route 5 and US Route 20. We are less than an hour from the city of Buffalo.

We Can Help

Are you looking at the Town of Evans for a new plant site? Or a place to locate or develop your business? The Town of Evans Office of Community Development can assist you quickly, confidentially and at no-cost or obligation. We are here to help you in making the correct choice for your business needs.

The Town of Evans Community Development Department will assist you with the following needs:

  • Identify potential sites/facilities;
  • Provide assistance in applying for business incentives, grant, and financing;
  • Provide information on local suppliers and/or customes;
  • Facilitate relationships with business assistance organizations in the region;
  • Provide an overview of the community (i.e. economy, demographics, quality of life, etc.);
  • Provide Tax Information; and
  • Provide opportunities for executive training under the Town's Business Seminar program.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Slides from the Sturgeon Point Master Plan Project Advisory Committee on May 20 2022.

Community Development Office Staff Includes:
•William Smith, Director of Planning & Community Development
•Debra L. Wilson, Planning Clerk

FAQs - Community Development

The Town of Evans does not administer home assistance programs directly; however, town residents are eligible under Erie County's community development programs (rental rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation, first time home buyer, housing accessibility & mobile home repair), as Evans is an Erie County Consortium community. Southtowns Rural Preservation Company, a State-funded, non-profit community development corporation also serves residents in the Town of Evans and Village of Angola. Please visit the Community Development home page for Links to these programs and others.

The goal of the CDBG program is to develop programs to build stronger neighborhoods by providing decent housing, proper living areas, and economic opportunities for those with low and modest incomes. The Town of Evans has been very successful in securing grant funding under this program, particularly for improvements to the low-to-moderate income areas of town.

The Department of Community Development is funded primarily by grants from HUD:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME
  • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)


The following municipalities comprise the CDBG Consortium: Cities of Lackawanna and Tonawanda; Towns of Alden, Aurora, Boston, Brant, Clarence, Colden, Collins, Concord, Eden, Elma, Evans, Grand Island, Holland, Lancaster, Marilla, Newstead, North Collins, Orchard Park, Sardinia, Wales and West Seneca; Villages of Akron, Alden, Angola, Depew, East Aurora, Farnham, Gowanda, Lancaster, North Collins, Orchard Park and Springville. The HOME Consortium includes the above communities, as well as the Town of Hamburg and the Villages of Blasdell and Hamburg.

Erie County usually holds a foreclosure auction twice each year. Auction and Foreclosure information can be found at

Starting a business is a serious, and often costly, endeavor. Questions such as: legal structure, insurance, and federal and state tax structure, depends on the type of business venture you are considering. Fortunately, there are several agencies that offer free or low cost business assistance programs for new startups to learn the elements of business management. Please visit the Community Development home page for Links to these programs and others.

It is possible; however, the chances of a for-profit business receiving a grant are highly unlikely. These grants are usually for very specific purposes such as Workforce Training, Research & Development (R&D), and energy efficiency. For information on business assistance and incentives, please consult resources outlined in the Erie County Business Assistance Directory located in the Community Development document page.

Industrial Development Agencies (IDA) are public benefit corporations originally authorized by the Industrial Development Agency Act of 1969 and governed by the provisions of Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law. The Town of Evans does not have its own IDA; however, we are served the Erie County IDA. According to the authorizing statute, the purpose of an IDA is to promote, develop, encourage and assist in acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or equipping certain facilities, thereby advancing the job opportunities, health, general prosperity and the economic welfare of the people of New York.



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