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Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
Introduction to the Green Code
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  • 1. The Buffalo Green CodeNew land use and zoning for place-based economic development
  • 2. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    In 2006, the City of Buffalo adopted a new comprehensive plan. It expressed a new vision for the future, rooted in five key principles:
    • Smart Growth
    • 3. Sustainability
    • 4. “Build on Assets”
    • 5. “Fix the Basics”
    • 6. Invest Strategically
    Project background
  • 7. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    But a new vision needs new tools to implement it…
    • Buffalo’s zoning code was written in 1951
    • 8. We need a new approach to guide growth
    • 9. It will follow the comprehensive plan
    • 10. The “Green Code” project will create a land use plan
    • 11. And a zoning code to implement it.
    Project background
  • 12. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    The Green Code project will provide those tools
    • A new land use plan will guide city investments
    • 13. A new zoning code will regulate what can be built and where
    • 14. Together they will shape the city over the next few decades
    • 15. And give investors and citizens the predictability they require
    Project background
  • 16. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Step 1: Create a future land use plan that addresses:
    • The Smart Growth and Sustainability goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
    • 17. The Sense of Place that Buffalonians desire in the places that they live, work, shop and play.
    • 18. The requirements necessary to implement the City’s Economic Development Strategies.
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 19. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Smart growth means new development should:
    • Encourage transportation choices.
    • 20. Reinforce a strong sense of place
    • 21. Promote a mix of land uses
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 22. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Sustainability means new development should:
    • Integrate the needs of natural and human-made systems.
    • 23. Create development that responds to local climate and ecology.
    • 24. Establish development patterns that minimize auto-dependency.
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 25. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Investing strategically means new development should:
    • Create places that are attractive to new investment.
    • 26. Encourage development that builds on existing competitive advantage.
    • 27. Establishes stable environ-ments for businesses to grow
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 28. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Building on our natural assets means taking advantage of a unique geography of lakefront and waterways.
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 29. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Building on our physical assets means preserving and enhancing corridors of Olmsted Parks and Ellicott Radial Streets
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 30. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Building on our neighborhood assets means providing places to live, shopping nearby, local parks, schools, and civic centers.
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 31. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Building on our district assets means providing places for employment, education, health care, services, and regional shopping.
    Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 32. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Step 2: Create a new zoning code with rules for development that are:
    • Equitable: where discretion is minimized so that everyone knows up front what is expected.
    • 33. Predictable: where what gets built matches what has been agreed to in the land use plan.
    • 34. Efficient: Where doing the right thing is made easier by removing obstacles.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 35. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Smart Growth
    An approach to re-zoning
    Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance
    Smart Growth:
    The use and design of buildings contributes to the creation of compact and accessible development and reflects the character of the place in which they are located.
    Sustainability
    Future Land
    Use Plan
    Sustainability
    The use and design of buildings encourages residents and businesses to make low-impact environmental choices.
  • 36. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    What is a zoning code?
    Zoning is a set of legally established rules administered by the City that determines how a property can be developed.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 37. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    What Does Zoning Regulate?
    Project background
  • 38. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Why Should Zoning Matter To You?
    Zoning rules make choices that affect:
    • How well the size and scale of new development fits with what is around it.
    • 39. How attractive the city is for new business investment.
    • 40. Your transportation options and how far you have to travel to meet your daily needs.
    • 41. How big an impact new development has on the environment and natural resources.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 42. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    The current zoning code reflects 1950’s ideas about the city and its future.
    • It was written in 1951 to accommodate growth by creating more flexible standards which had unpredictable results.
    • 43. 1950’s zoning was based on a concept that good places were created by rigidly separating land uses -- the opposite of what we believe today.
    • 44. It was rewritten over the years as a patch-work of amendments and overlapping rules which make the code confusing to use.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 45. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    One result of the current code is development that is unpredictable in character.
    Because the code regulates land use but not the character of development, the same zoning can allow two very different projects.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 46. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should reflect the diverse places we live.
    Martin Luther King Park
    Starin Central
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 47. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should reflect the diverse places we live.
    Cazenovia Park
    Parkside
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 48. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should reflect the diverse places we live.
    Downtown
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 49. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should also reflect the diverse places we shop.
    Hertel Avenue
    Broadway Fillmore
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 50. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should also reflect Buffalo’s civic and cultural diversity.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 51. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    A new zoning code should reflect Buffalo’s economic diversity, as well.
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 52. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    “The new Buffalo zoning ordinance will be known as the Buffalo Green Code. It will embody 21st century values about economic development, sustainability, and walkable, green urbanism.”
    Mayor Byron Brown
    April 22, 2010
    Step Two: Zoning Code
  • 53.
    • In large scale public meetings at each phase of the project;
    • 54. In neighborhood focused land use and zoning workshops (called charrettes);
    • 55. With support from a Community Advisory Committee of grassroots leaders.
    Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    Citizens are invited to participate
    We need your help
  • 56. Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    The project encompasses three major phases through September 2012
    We need your help
  • 57. Be involved.
    Look for updated information here at:
    www.buffalogreencode.com
    If you have questions or comments, e-mail us at:
    info@buffalogreencode.com
    Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
    We need your help

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