There is a new unified blueprint to guide future development in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Byron Brown officially signed the "Green Code" on Tuesday marking the first major overhaul of the city's zoning and development laws since 1953. The 338-page document is the result of 242 public meetings over the past seven years and aims to bring more clarity to the development process.
"This law represents the best ideas, creates modern development standards and builds upon Buffalo's strengths." said Brown.
"It's extremely gratifying to finally get to this point that we have unanimous approval from the Common Council and a signature by the mayor." said Brendan Mehaffy, Executive Director of Mayor Brown's Office of Strategic Planning. "It took a long time, but it took the amount of time needed to make sure the community was involved in the process."
The "Green Code" promotes walkable neighborhoods and encourages the preservation and restoration of historic neighborhoods in the city.
The "Green Code" will go in February, 2017.