A message from Mayor Byron W. Brown
The Green Code is a historic revision of Buffalo’s land use and zoning policies that will promote investment, facilitate job creation, and improve the environment. Work to create a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous community is already underway, spurred by residents in neighborhoods across the city. The Green Code is designed to support these efforts.
The first step in this process is a land use plan that will guide the city’s development over the next 20 years. The second step is a new zoning ordinance – the first in nearly six decades – that will promote investment by making the development process simple, transparent, and in line with the vision we share for our city.
We face some daunting challenges – vacant land, declining population, environmental damage, an economy in transition. But we also have much to build upon – great neighborhoods, beautiful parks, world-class architecture, and, as always, our people.
The goal of the Green Code is nothing less than the economic resurgence, community renewal, and environmental repair of Buffalo. Let’s work together to make this goal a reality.
As we recently announced, the draft Development Framework will be released for public review in February 2014. Click here for a breakdown of the process for releasing the public review draft, collecting the public’s feedback, and incorporating that feedback into Buffalo’s new Development Framework.
Buffalo Development Framework: Components
The Green Code is more than just a new zoning ordinance. It will bring together and codify land use strategies from an array of planning initiatives that comprise the Buffalo Development Framework. Click here for an overview of the various components of the Green Code.
City Completes Green Code Working Group Sessions
The city’s Office of Strategic Planning recently completed an extensive round of working group sessions with community stakeholders as part of the development of the new zoning code. Approximately 400 residents participated in 28 meetings across the city. Participants volunteered an estimated 1,000 man hours reviewing each section of the draft code and provided extensive comments and feedback that will be incorporated into the public draft, which is expected to be completed in the next several weeks.