Buffalo Tackling 'Outdated' Zoning Laws

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (KB) - When Buffalo's zoning codes were first written, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and the first color televisions were moving into American homes.

The year was 1953.

Over time, the codes have been written and rewritten by a long stream of lawmakers, making Buffalo's zoning laws antiquated and archaic.

Now, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has launched efforts to completely overhaul the code to make the city more competitive and attractive for developers.

Hundreds of people gathered at EC Downtown Tuesday night for to weigh in on the subject.

The overhaul is expected to take 30 months with new codes in place in 2014.