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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: ,[object Object]
Sustainability
“Build on Assets”
“Fix the Basics”
Invest StrategicallyProject background
Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project  But a new vision needs new tools to implement it… ,[object Object]
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 ,[object Object]
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 requireProject background
Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project  Step 1: Create a future land use plan that addresses: ,[object Object]
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: ,[object Object]
Reinforce a strong sense of place
Promote a mix of land usesStep One: Land Use Plan
Introducing the Buffalo Green Code Project  Sustainability means new development should: ,[object Object]
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: ,[object Object]
Encourage development that builds on existing competitive advantage.
Establishes stable environ-ments for businesses to growStep 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

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Introduction to the Green Code

  • 1. The Buffalo Green CodeNew land use and zoning for place-based economic development
  • 2.
  • 7.
  • 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.
  • 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 requireProject background
  • 16.
  • 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.
  • 20. Reinforce a strong sense of place
  • 21. Promote a mix of land usesStep One: Land Use Plan
  • 22.
  • 23. Create development that responds to local climate and ecology.
  • 24. Establish development patterns that minimize auto-dependency.Step One: Land Use Plan
  • 25.
  • 26. Encourage development that builds on existing competitive advantage.
  • 27. Establishes stable environ-ments for businesses to growStep 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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