BUFFALO, NY ( release) – Hundreds of city residents turned out for Planning Day in Buffalo on Saturday, October 29th at the city campus of Erie Community College. Mayor Byron W. Brown unveiled the draft future development plan for the city of Buffalo, the first such plan for the city in more than 30 years.
“The future development plan will serve as a road map for economic development and neighborhood planning for the City of Buffalo for generations to come, and it is critically important that the community has its imprint because the plan impacts every neighborhood in the city,” said Mayor Brown. “We have listened very intently to the community throughout this process, which began over a year ago, and we are very excited to share the results of their input in the draft plan.”
The plan will identify where development should be taking place in the city and how it should occur for every neighborhood. The final plan will serve as the foundation for a new zoning code for the city, the first rewrite of the code in more than 60 years. Public input for the development of the draft future development plan was the result of citywide workshops that were conducted in early 2011 by the city’s Office of Strategic Planning and Camiros, the Chicago-based consultant nationally recognized for its municipal land use planning and zoning work. More than 2,000 citizens attended and participated in the workshops.
“At the very beginning of this initiative, Mayor Brown insisted that the planning process be transparent and that we proactively engage the community. We are confident that we have fulfilled the Mayor’s directive in getting input from citizens from every neighborhood throughout the city as well as from the business community,” said Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of Strategic Planning. “The unveiling of the draft future development plan will be the foundation for how Buffalo will look and function in the future.”
For more information about Planning Day in Buffalo or to learn more about the Buffalo Green Code initiative, including various working documents, please visit www.buffalogreencode