Buffalo to Implement Citywide Green Code

Mayor Byron Brown announced that the city's new code will be the "Buffalo Green Code," supporting walkable, sustainable neighborhoods.

Mayor Byron Brown announced today his administration is moving forward on implementing a green, form-based code in Buffalo.

Mayor Brown chose Buffalo's emerging Larkin District as the backdrop to announce his Earth Day plans for what he's dubbing the "Buffalo Green Code," a replacement code that will completely scrap Buffalo's existing zoning ordinance, an unwieldy document last updated in 1951.

The announcement sets the stage for Buffalo to join a progressive vanguard of cities - including Denver and Miami - that are replacing conventional, use-based codes with streamlined, form-based regulations built to encourage mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods. Buffalo's new Green Code is also intended to support economic development by simplifying and shortening the development review process.

The zoning rewrite will be guided by a team of planning consultants including Camiros and Goody Clancy.

Thanks to Nate Neuman

Full Story: Buffalo Green Code: Mayor Brown announces zoning code overhaul

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