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Mayor Brown and Common Council Host Signing Ceremony of City's New Unified Development Ordinance
The “Green Code” is the first major overhaul of City zoning laws since 1953 and will have a transformative impact on the future of continued development in Buffalo
Buffalo, N.Y. – After 242 public meetings, Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Common Council today hosted a special signing ceremony of the City of Buffalo’s new Unified Development Ordinance. The “Green Code” is the first major overhaul to City zoning laws since 1953 and will serve as the City’s blueprint for zoning and development in the 21st Century. The Common Council unanimously approved the “Green Code” on December 27.
“Currently there is more than $5.6 billion in economic development activity underway, and that number will definitely increase with this new zoning reform in place,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “This law represents the best ideas, creates modern development standards, and preserves and builds upon Buffalo’s strengths. My administration worked closely with the City Council and the community to successfully develop this legislation that will continue to bring growth and progress to Buffalo.”
"Buffalo is about to step into its own through this code," said Council President Darius G. Pridgen, Ellicott District. "The last code was created to make Buffalo look like the suburbs. With the implementation of the Green Code, Buffalo is going to look like Buffalo."
"I'd like to thank the Mayor and his Office of Strategic Planning, committee members and many other residents for their hard work on the Green Code," said Majority Leader David A Rivera, Niagara District. " This zoning reform will lead the City into its future development."
"I want to give credit to Mayor Brown and his administration for tackling this giant enterprise," said Common Coucilman David Franczyk, Fillmore District. "This code went back to basics and will better define what urban living is in the City of Buffalo."
Buffalo now becomes the third major US city to adopt a form-based code (FBC) for the entire city, after Miami and Denver. This historic update of the city’s 63-year-old zoning code and land use policies was one of the key components of Mayor Brown’s place-based economic development strategy aimed to further promote private and public sector investment, facilitate job creation, restore the environment and continue to improve Buffalo’s quality of life for residents. The 338-page document includes numerous graphics so people can apply the words to the images.
Brendan Mehaffy, Executive Director of Mayor Brown’s Office of Strategic Planning, stated, “The Green Code is the product of countless hours dedicated by staff in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. Staff attended all 242 public meetings, many of them at night; worked through the night to prepare documents for final publication; and listened to and read thousands of public comments over nearly seven years. No matter the challenge, staff rose to the occasion because they believed in Mayor Brown’s commitment that the Green Code be an open and transparent process so that citizens of Buffalo could feel that we were building this great city together.”
James Morrell, Chair of the Green Code Community Advisory Committee, stated, “It was an honor to witness and participate in the formation, development and implementation of an inclusive planning process that involved many community members and agencies in an effort to guide our historic Unified Development Ordinance”.
The Green Code will go into effect in February, 2017. You can find more information about the Green Code at www.buffalogreencode.com.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios