Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning will host a public forum to provide residents and stakeholders with an overview of the Green Code and its individual components, and outline the adoption process, including requirements under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The event will take place at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, on September 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

The Buffalo Green Code is a place-based development strategy that builds on Buffalo’s award-winning comprehensive plan, Queen City in the 21st Century. The Comprehensive Plan set the agenda for the city’s future by outlining four fundamental principles: fix the basics; build on assets; implement smart growth; and embrace sustainability.

The Green Code follows up on this effort by translating the Comprehensive Plan’s principles into a Land Use Plan that will guide the city’s physical development over the next 20 years. The Land Use Plan is further informed by specific plans for the waterfront and brownfield areas. The culmination of the Green Code is an update of the city’s 60-year old zoning code with a new form-based code that will implement these plans into a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

The UDO is the city’s first comprehensive zoning rewrite since 1953 and codifies the land use policies of the Comprehensive Plan and Buffalo Green Code planning documents. It will combine land use, subdivision, and public real (e.g.; streets, parks, and sidewalks) standards into a single, user-friendly document.

Responding to considerable input from residents and business owners, the UDO implements the community’s vision for the development of the city and achieve the walkable, transit-supportive neighborhoods they desire. It will be a more accessible document, with illustrations, tables, and plain English text, making the ordinance easier to understand and apply. Citizen input is required to make sure that the Green Code meets the needs and expectations of residents and businesses.

The Green Code is in its final stages before completion with its draft document currently available for public review.