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Map the future of Buffalo-Central

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Map the future of Buffalo-Central

  1. 1. Map the FutureThe Buffalo Green Code:Planning for Future Land Use <br />Central Community Workshop<br />Hutch Tech High School<br />February 28, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Tonight’s Moderator<br />Bob Shibley<br />The Urban Design Project<br />University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning<br />The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />
  3. 3. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Welcome<br />Office of Strategic Planning<br />Community Advisory Committee<br />Elected officials<br />
  4. 4. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Tonight we will ask you…<br />to tell us about your neighborhood.<br /><ul><li>What’s great about it?
  5. 5. Where is it strong? Where is it weak?
  6. 6. Where is change happening?
  7. 7. Where is change desired?
  8. 8. How do you want to see it change?</li></li></ul><li>Let’s begin by talking about the Central Community<br />John Fell<br />City of Buffalo<br />Office of Strategic Planning<br />The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />
  9. 9. The Central Workshop Community<br />Places<br /><ul><li>Central Business District
  10. 10. Chippewa
  11. 11. West Village
  12. 12. Pine Harbor
  13. 13. Theatre District
  14. 14. Erie Canal Harbor
  15. 15. Cobblestone
  16. 16. Waterfront Village
  17. 17. Outer Harbor</li></li></ul><li>The Central Workshop Community<br />
  18. 18. The Central Workshop Community<br />The Central region, including the CBD, is the symbolic heart of our city and region<br />
  19. 19. The Central Workshop Community<br />The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo<br />Live, work & play<br />BNMC<br />Theatre District<br />Financial District & Government Center<br />Downtown Education & Safety Campus<br />Erie Canal Harbor & Waterfront District<br />
  20. 20. The Central Workshop Community<br />Neighborhoods<br />
  21. 21. The Central Workshop Community<br />Working downtown<br />
  22. 22. The Central Workshop Community<br />Visiting downtown<br />
  23. 23. The Central Workshop Community<br />Preservation<br />
  24. 24. The Central Workshop Community<br />Significant Investment<br />
  25. 25. The Central Workshop Community<br />Significant Investment<br />
  26. 26. The Central Workshop Community<br />Directions from Queen City Hub Plan<br />Restore Ellicott street pattern<br />Revitalize Main Street<br />Enhance urban design<br />Improve access<br />Preserve historic buildings<br />Encourage green<br />
  27. 27. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />Bob Shibley<br />The Urban Design Project<br />University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning<br />
  28. 28. A project to give us a new land use plan and zoning ordinance<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />Zoning Ordinance<br />Land Use Plan<br />Guides Public and Private Investment<br />Regulates Private Investment<br />
  29. 29. It will implement our comprehensive plan, Queen City in the 21st Century<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  30. 30. It will say where housing and shops can be, where jobs will go<br />What is the Future Land Use Plan?<br />
  31. 31. The zoning ordinance makes the rules for what can be built where<br />What is the Future Zoning Ordinance?<br />
  32. 32. It will say what things go together and what things need a place of their own.<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  33. 33. It will address how neighborhoods look and feel, not just what uses are allowed<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  34. 34. It will shape the growth of Buffalo for the next 20 years and beyond<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  35. 35. We are taking a new approach to meet the “green” challenges of our time<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  36. 36. … including core principles of “sustainability” and “smart growth” <br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  37. 37. How will we develop <br />anew future Land Use Plan <br />and Zoning Ordinance?<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  38. 38. The Buffalo Green Code will be created in a five-step process…<br />Listening meetings – Fall, 2010.<br />Land use workshops – Right Now.<br />3. Draft Future Land Use Plan – Summer, 2011<br />Zoning ordinance workshops – Fall, 2011<br />Draft Zoning Ordinance – Summer, 2012<br />What is the Buffalo Green Code?<br />
  39. 39. “Listening meetings” in November began a conversation about community values<br />The conversation has already begun<br />Tosh Collins Community Ctr.<br />November 18th, 2010<br />Buffalo Museum of Science<br />November 16th, 2010<br />Bennett High School<br />November 17th, 2010<br />Dots represent where attendees were from. <br />
  40. 40. “You value great housing and neighborhoods”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  41. 41. … “vibrant neighborhood and business districts” <br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  42. 42. … “Buffalo’s great Olmsted parks and parkways.”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  43. 43. “You value great historic architecture”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  44. 44. … “and Buffalo’s incomparable waterfront.”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  45. 45. “You are concerned about vacant homes, lots”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />
  46. 46. … “empty storefronts in business districts”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />
  47. 47. … “highways that have divided your communities”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />Courtesy of David Torke<br />
  48. 48. … “and brownfields and environmental threats.”<br />The conversation has already begun<br />Photos Courtesy of David Torke<br />
  49. 49. A new future land use plan and a “green” zoning ordinance for the future can establish the foundation to protect what you value, change what you don’t.<br />The conversation has already begun<br />
  50. 50. Building Blocks<br />For a Future Land Use Plan<br />Jack Swenson<br />Camiros, Ltd<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />
  51. 51. We created a series of “Building Blocks”<br /><ul><li>Based on what we saw in Buffalo
  52. 52. And based on ideas about what could be
  53. 53. Patterns that can be applied to the map
  54. 54. To protect prevailing values
  55. 55. And to guide redevelopment</li></ul>Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />
  56. 56. The building blocks of the Future Land Use Plan must reflect these goals<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />Mixed-use<br />Blocks<br />Residential<br />Blocks<br />Green Space Blocks<br />Retail Center<br />Blocks<br />Business<br />Blocks<br />*<br />*<br />
  57. 57. Residential Building Blocks<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />Small-lot<br />Residential<br />Typical<br />Residential<br />Large lot Residential<br />
  58. 58. Green Space Blocks<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />Neighborhood<br />Green Space<br />Local Green Space<br />Private Green<br />
  59. 59. Mixed-Use Blocks<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />Delaware<br />Avenue<br />Downtown<br />Traditional<br />Mixed-use<br />Auto-oriented Neighborhood Mixed-use<br />
  60. 60. Retail Center Blocks<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />*<br />Urban Retail<br />Center<br />Suburban Retail<br />Center<br />
  61. 61. Business Blocks<br />Buffalo’s Building Blocks<br />*<br />Urban Business<br />Suburban Business<br />Heavy Industrial<br />
  62. 62. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Before we go on, questions?<br />
  63. 63. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Small Group Work Sessions<br />You care about your community… <br />You know about your community… <br />maybe better than anyone else. <br />
  64. 64. Small Group Work Sessions<br />Our goal for tonight’ is to identify:<br /><ul><li>What is great in our neighborhoods
  65. 65. Places that are strong
  66. 66. Places that are weak
  67. 67. Where change is needed
  68. 68. What change is needed</li></li></ul><li>Small Group Work Sessions<br />Your equipment for tonight’s work:<br /><ul><li>A map of your neighborhood
  69. 69. Markers – red and green
  70. 70. Dots – Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Yellow…
  71. 71. A flip chart and more markers
  72. 72. “Patterns” of future development handout</li></li></ul><li>Small Group Work Sessions<br />Your instructions for tonight’s work:<br />Identify community assets and values <br />Circle the strong areas – block by block<br />Circle the weak areas – block by block<br />Locate areas you want to change …. and place a dot for the change you want<br />
  73. 73. Small Group Work Sessions<br />Identify community assets and values (15 minutes)<br /><ul><li>Put a BLUE dot on the places you feel are important neighborhood assets
  74. 74. Number the dot. Make a note on the newsprint if needed.</li></li></ul><li>Small Group Work Sessions<br />Locate the strong areas – block by block (20 minutes)<br /><ul><li>Use the GREEN marker to circle the strong blocks.
  75. 75. Number the block and make a note on the newsprint why the area is strong.
  76. 76. If people at your table disagree… make a note of your disagreement on the newsprint. </li></li></ul><li>Small Group Work Sessions<br />Locate areas that are weak or where change is desired – block by block (20 Minutes)<br /><ul><li>Use the REDmarker to circle the weak blocks.
  77. 77. Number the block and make a note on the newsprint why the area is weak.
  78. 78. If people at your table disagree… make a note of your disagreement on the newsprint. </li></li></ul><li>Small Group Work Sessions<br />4. Tell us the change you think is most appropriate (20 Minutes)<br />Residential<br />Green Infill<br />Commercial<br />Mixed-Use<br />Business<br /><ul><li>Identify areas that are weak or where change is desired.
  79. 79. Put the colored dot that represents a new block pattern where you want change.
  80. 80. Label the dot and write on the newsprint why you think that pattern is right for future. </li></li></ul><li>The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Grab some food and make your way to the small group sessions.<br />
  81. 81. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />What we learned tonight...<br />
  82. 82. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />What did you think…?<br />Next Steps…<br />
  83. 83. The Buffalo Green Code: Future Land Use Planning<br />Thank you for your participation in guiding the future of Buffalo!<br />

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