Buffalo to Get Form-Based Code

The Buffalo News praises efforts by Mayor Byron W. Brown to completely rewrite the city's 59-year-old zoning code. The Mayor's initiative, dubbed the Buffalo Green Code, would place a new emphasis on sustainability and walkable neighborhoods.

The new Green Code, to be a citywide form-based code, would also streamline and simplify the development approvals process and aim to make the city more competitive in attracting jobs and investment, says the Buffalo News:

"Making redevelopment easier is a critical factor in reviving Buffalo, and must remain a key City Hall goal. Good zoning codes are a part of that process, and long have troubled developers trying to wend their way through the system- so the mayor's recent announcement, in the historic Larkin District, of a three-year $2.1 million overhaul of zoning regulations can be put in the category of good news."

Thanks to Nate Neuman

Full Story: Rethinking the city: Planned overhaul of urban zoning codes could help shape Buffalo’s future

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