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    Introduction to the Green Code Introduction to the Green Code Presentation Transcript

    • The Buffalo Green CodeNew land use and zoning for place-based economic development
    • 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
      • Sustainability
      • “Build on Assets”
      • “Fix the Basics”
      • Invest Strategically
      Project background
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      But a new vision needs new tools to implement it…
      • Buffalo’s zoning code was written in 1951
      • We need a new approach to guide growth
      • It will follow the comprehensive plan
      • The “Green Code” project will create a land use plan
      • And a zoning code to implement it.
      Project background
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      The Green Code project will provide those tools
      • A new land use plan will guide city investments
      • A new zoning code will regulate what can be built and where
      • Together they will shape the city over the next few decades
      • And give investors and citizens the predictability they require
      Project background
    • 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.
      • The Sense of Place that Buffalonians desire in the places that they live, work, shop and play.
      • The requirements necessary to implement the City’s Economic Development Strategies.
      Step One: Land Use Plan
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      Smart growth means new development should:
      • Encourage transportation choices.
      • Reinforce a strong sense of place
      • Promote a mix of land uses
      Step One: Land Use Plan
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      Sustainability means new development should:
      • Integrate the needs of natural and human-made systems.
      • Create development that responds to local climate and ecology.
      • Establish development patterns that minimize auto-dependency.
      Step One: Land Use Plan
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      Investing strategically means new development should:
      • Create places that are attractive to new investment.
      • Encourage development that builds on existing competitive advantage.
      • Establishes stable environ-ments for businesses to grow
      Step One: Land Use Plan
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
      • Predictable: where what gets built matches what has been agreed to in the land use plan.
      • Efficient: Where doing the right thing is made easier by removing obstacles.
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      What Does Zoning Regulate?
      Project background
    • 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.
      • How attractive the city is for new business investment.
      • Your transportation options and how far you have to travel to meet your daily needs.
      • How big an impact new development has on the environment and natural resources.
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      A new zoning code should reflect the diverse places we live.
      Cazenovia Park
      Parkside
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      A new zoning code should reflect the diverse places we live.
      Downtown
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • 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
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      A new zoning code should also reflect Buffalo’s civic and cultural diversity.
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      A new zoning code should reflect Buffalo’s economic diversity, as well.
      Step Two: Zoning Code
    • 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
      • In large scale public meetings at each phase of the project;
      • In neighborhood focused land use and zoning workshops (called charrettes);
      • 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
    • Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project
      The project encompasses three major phases through September 2012
      We need your help
    • 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