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Buffalo Green Code Newsletter • Issue 1

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Mayor’s Letter
Mayor’s Letter Zoning for Buffalo
Dear Fellow Residents,
My Administration is committed to creating a new zoning code that will set the foundation for a new placed-based
economic development strategy to strengthen Buffalo, now and in the future. The new zoning code will be known as the
Buffalo Green Code. It will be a modern code that is environmentally responsible, creates jobs in the city,
forms neighborhoods of choice and promotes long term sustainability
for the benefit of our youth and future Buffalo residents.
Our city has a great opportunity to revitalize, by using our enviable
legacy and valuable assets. Zoning is the means by which we build
our community. We can use zoning to efficiently meet our needs and
desires if we all get involved. This is an opportunity that only comes
along once every couple of generations and we have it before us now.
I invite all citizens, in every sector of the city, to participate and take an

Photo taken by David Torke, 2010


active role in the development of the Buffalo Green Code. We need your
help and we value your opinion. Please attend one of the Buffalo Green
Code listening meetings scheduled for November 16th, 17th and 18th,
at various locations.
Sincerely,

Mayor Byron W. Brown


Zoning for Buffalo
Zoning matters. Why? Because zoning regulates what people can It’s called the Buffalo Green Code because the plan it will put into
build, where they can build it, and how they can build it. Zoning effect aims to grow our economy, protect our environment,
matters because it is the mechanism by which our visions and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of our city, and build
our plans for the future of the city great neighborhoods in which all our citizens will be proud to live.
will be implemented day by day
and year by year. There is much we must do to make our plans a reality. We must
invest in infrastructure, develop our human resources, preserve the
We have a vision and a plan fabric of the city, and support new economic ventures. But we also
for Buffalo, developed by the need to design a new system of zoning to guide where and how
community over the past decade. investments are made, to
But Buffalo’s zoning code hasn’t encourage sound private
been revised in a comprehensive investment and to make
way since the early 1950’s. So much sure we rebuild our city the
has changed since then: where and way the community has
how we live, work, and shop; how said it should be rebuilt.
we get around the city; and how
we understand the impact our way Zoning includes
of life makes on the environment. thousands of big and
little decisions about
We believe it is time to bring the rules that govern development how things already built
in the city in line with the established vision and plan for the ought to be maintained
future. That’s why Mayor Brown has initiated a process to create a and how new things
“Green Code” for Buffalo. to be built should

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www.buffalogreencode.com
info@buffalogreencode.com
be designed and located. Zoning is detailed and specific and it
affects everyone. That’s why creating the Buffalo Green Code
needs your involvement. We want you to provide insights into
what is needed for you, your family and the city to thrive.

We have organized a series of three citywide listening events


to occur in mid-November to begin a conversation with citizens
about the Buffalo Green Code. The map below shows
the date and location of each
meeting – one north, one center,
one south. Each meeting will
begin at 7:00 pm and conclude by
8:45pm. Please come and bring
your neighbors.

Getting it right means making sure it


works for you. And we can’t do that
without you. So, pencil in the date
of the meeting most convenient for
you and join us in making our vision
for the future a reality.


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For More Information:


www.buffalogreencode.com
info@buffalogreencode.com