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Published on November 7th, 2010 | by growwny

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Buffalo Green Code: Make Your Neighborhood a Healthy Place

BY REBEKAH WILLIAMS

Buffalo needs your help!

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City of Buffalo’s Green Code logo

For the first time in over 50 years, Buffalo is creating a new zoning code.  Through the development of the zoning code, Buffalo residents will have an extremely rare opportunity to participate in the process to revitalize our city, build upon our region’s existing assets, and consider the unique needs of our neighborhoods.

Starting in mid-November, City of Buffalo residents can play an active role in the development of the Buffalo Green Code.  To begin a conversation about the Buffalo Green Code, there will be three citywide listening events starting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.  See the end of this article for dates and locations of the three events.

“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.”

– City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

What are zoning codes?

Zoning codes are used by city governments and decision-makers to determine how land can be used.  Zoning codes regulate the development of properties and can also determine whether people in a community can use land in their neighborhoods for actions such as urban agriculture, community gardens, industry, business and more.

To help determine the zoning code for your neighborhood, come to one or all of the City’s public meetings.  See below for the dates and locations of the three meetings and please share the City’s newsletter with your neighbors.

When and where are the public meetings?

Tuesday, November 16

Central Regional Meeting is from 7pm – 8:45pm at the Buffalo Science Museum

Wednesday, November 17

North Regional Meeting is from 7pm – 8:45pm at Bennett High School

Thursday, November 18

South Regional Meeting is from 7pm – 8:45pm at Tosh Collins Community Center


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