Announcements and Information for Town Residents

There will be a public hearing on the Zoning Revisions developed by the Zoning Advisory Committee with the assistance of our consultant, LaBella Associates. The files included here are the most recent versions of the draft zoning regulations. This version is what the Town Board set in motion for later adoption at our September 9, 2019 regular meeting. These zoning regulations were sent to the Orleans County Planning Board for review and comment at their September 26, 2019 meeting.

The public hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. All comments will be accepted at that time and will be considered for any further modifications to the Zoning Regulations.

September 30, 2019 – CPB Approval of Zoning Ordinance

Draft Zoning Regulations – September 2019 Edits

Zoning Regulations Map – Draft (September)

Zoning Regulations – Summary of Changes Made Since July Draft

The Zoning Steering Committee, which was established by the Town Board in 2018 and has been meeting since last fall, has completed the majority of their work. The next step for the committee, and our consultant, LaBella Associates, is a public informational meeting. This meeting will be held on August 5th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. For interested parties, electronic copies of the draft of the revised Zoning Law, along with a revised Zoning Map, are provided here below.

All are welcome at the public informational meeting. The feedback received during this meeting will be reviewed and used by the committee and the consultant to make final revisions to the draft Zoning Law, which will then be sent to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Board for consideration. The Town Board is the entity which has the authority to adopt the proposed Zoning Law, and that will follow the normal process of having ample notice, along with a public hearing, before being enacted.

Town of Gaines – Zoning Law Update for Public Review – July 2019

Town of Gaines – Zoning Map Update (Draft)

LaBella Associates has created a website to track the information related to the update to the Gaines Zoning Ordinance. The website is here: Gaines Zoning Update


On October 30, 2018, the Gaines Town Board held a budget workshop session to review the preliminary budget prepared by the Supervisor and move it forward in the budget process. (Approve it as the tentative budget).

A lot of work was put into the budget to keep taxes flat. The tentative budget is a very conservative one, both in expenditures and in estimates of revenue. One item of note for the 2019 Budget cycle is the reduction in the Assessment Equalization Rate by the State of New York from 100% to 98%. This has a net effect of lowering the assessed values in the town by about 0.64%. That equates to an instant tax increase without efforts to reduce the tax levy. We were able to prepare a budget that accounts for this and keeps taxes flat this year, even in the face of rising costs for salaries, fuel, salt, etc. If this budget is approved as it stands today, taxpayers in Gaines who reside within the Village of Albion will see a very slight reduction in the Town portion of their property taxes. Those outside the village will see the Town portion of their taxes stay flat – within pennies in fact – of last year’s values.

The Town of Gaines will go through an assessment revaluation in 2019, which will have the effect of raising our equalization rate back to 100%.

Attached to this post are the documents reviewed at the Budget Workshop Meeting, which includes the entire Tentative Budget for 2019.

The annual public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board will move directly into the regular November meeting.

Town of Gaines 2019 Tentative Budget

2019 Preliminary Budget Presentation

As a follow up to the Zoning Review Kickoff meeting of September 17th, the Town Board will appoint a group of Gaines residents to serve on a Steering Committee. The committee will meet several times from late fall until late spring 2019 to provide public input to LaBella Associates as they work to develop recommendations to the Town Board.

If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee, please send a letter, call the Town Hall, or email Supervisor Joe Grube. (Email available on the website)

On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Town will kick off a project with the guidance of LaBella Associates to conduct a review of planning and zoning in the Town of Gaines. At this event, representatives from LaBella Associates will be on hand to talk about the process the Town is embarking on. Specifically, this meeting will allow you to:

  • Learn about how towns in New York State can use zoning to manage land use and conservation
  • Share your thoughts about the Town’s zoning map, development review procedures, and regulations
  • Participate in the discussion to identify the key issues to be addressed in the Zoning Update underway in the Town

All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you!

Town of Gaines Zoning Update Workshop Flyer


This post will be updated as needed to provide the public with documents being generated as a part of the review of the proposed Dollar General.

August 9, 2018 Correspondence – NYS OPRHP

July 31, 2018 Correspondence – MRB Group – SEQR

July 31, 2018 Correspondence – MRB Group – Site Plan

June 13, 2018 Correspondence

June 8, 2018 Correspondence

June 4, 2018 Correspondence

July 3, 2018

Town Supervisor Joseph Grube has coordinated an agreement to allow an access path to be created and maintained by the New York State Canal Corporation at Gaines Basin Road in the Town of Gaines.

Many residents and visitors have expressed an interest in having easy access to the Erie Canalway Trail at Gaines Basin Road. This canal crossing is one of the only in Orleans County that does not have easy access, and creating a usable path to the Canalway Trail was a focus of the Supervisor and Town Board.

The Panek Family of Albion, who owns the farm land adjacent to the Erie Canal and Gaines Basin Road at this location, graciously allowed for the establishment of a access path suitable for walking and biking across their land. The Supervisor and Town Board are grateful for the cooperation of the Panek Family in granting this access without question, and without any cost incurred by the Town of Gaines.

The access path will begin being cleared and improved in the coming weeks. The Town of Gaines Highway Department will assist crews from the Canal Corporation as needed.

The Canal Corporation is announcing that work to improve the condition of elevated canal embankments in Orleans and Monroe Counties will begin Tuesday, June 19.  Crews will be working along areas of the embankment where trees and other vegetation were removed in recent months over the next few weeks.  Work will involve removal of felled trees and underbrush, temporary erosion control, and general cleanup.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, crews will return to these areas to begin removal of stumps, backfilling and compaction of material, regrading as necessary, and planting of permanent erosion control.

The last phase of work on these elevated embankments will begin in 2019, which will include planting of vegetative screening in certain locations, construction of new trail access points, and additional drainage and other improvements in certain locations.

The schedule for Canalway Trail closures necessary for this work will be subject to change based on progress, site conditions, weather, and other factors.  Work will be suspended on weekends and holidays in the interest of keeping all segments of the Canalway Trail open during these periods.  A tentative schedule for these closures appears below:


State Street (Rt. 31) and Redman Road June 19-22
Park Ave. Bridge and Sweden Walker Road Bridge June 21-22; June 25-29
Redman Road (Route 31) and Brockport Guard Gate June 27-29
Smith Street Bridge and Main Street June 28-29
Brockport Guard Gate and Smith Street Bridge July 2-3


East of Washington St. and West of Trimmer Rd. June 19

Trail closure information will be updated daily at

Other work along the embankments in other areas not specified above will continue through the month of July, but will not require long-term closures of the Canalway Trail.  Updates on short-term (less than a day) trail closures in these areas will be provided at