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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.