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The Buffalo Green Code will bring together and codify land use strategies from an array of planning initiatives that comprise the Buffalo Development Framework. The Framework is based on the community’s vision as expressed in the city’s Comprehensive Plan and consists of the following initiatives:

  • Land Use Plan - Translates the Comprehensive Plan’s principles into a Land Use Plan that will guide the city’s physical development over the next 20 years;
  • Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOAs) - Includes land use and zoning recommendations based on detailed analyses for brownfield areas in South Buffalo, Buffalo River Corridor, Buffalo Harbor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor BOAs;
  • Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) - Includes land and water use plans, as well as proposed projects, that will guide development along the City’s coastal areas;
  • Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) - Provides new form based zoning, subdivision, sign, and public realm standards that will replace the city’s 60-year old zoning code and other regulations that control development; and
  • Urban Renewal Plans (URPs) - The city’s 30 existing URPs will be terminated, with relevant provisions to be incorporated into the UDO. A new citywide URP will be prepared that will delineate eligible areas for the city’s homestead program, which allows for the sale of city-owned vacant property for one dollar.