One Region Forward is committed to empowering the people of Buffalo Niagara to be a part of the process in driving positive, sustainable change in our region and diverse communities. We will move the region forward together.
Alternative Scenarios Open House: Basing the Choices We Make Today on the Impacts They Will Have on Our Region Tomorrow
During the last Community Congress, Citizens from across Erie and Niagara counties engaged in a Scenario Planning exercise to map what they want Buffalo Niagara to look like in 40 years. Over 770 citizens participated to create 115 maps, which were then used to create three alternative scenarios for how our region might develop in the future.
Citizens will now be asked to review these three different alternative scenarios along with a “Business-as-usual” scenario to find out what each could mean for the region’s fiscal health, housing stock, agriculture productivity, transportation systems and more.
Weigh in with a text to add your voice to the conversation across Buffalo Niagara!
The community continues to add their feedback and perspectives to shape a vision for what Buffalo Niagara should look like in 40 years.
Take the survey every month to have your responses added to the survey results.
Take this month’s survey – July 2014: Addressing Vacancy and Abandonment
As new development has sprawled over the last several decades and our regional population has declined, homes and businesses in once vibrant neighborhoods have been abandoned and left vacant, eroding our tax base and effecting the delivery of basic public services.
Answer questions on how you think we should address vacancy.
Plan a change for your community. Get the know-how to address change head-on and create a vision for your community’s future.
Whether you are a concerned citizen interested in learning more about the basics of planning and sustainable development, or you want to implement your idea for a sustainable initiative in your neighborhood, the Citizen Planning School has something to offer. Hosted by One Region Forward and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, the program offers two levels of training.
Learn more about becoming a Citizen Planner
Get hands-on experience shaping Buffalo Niagara’s future.
Become more engaged and involved with One Region Forward by becoming a member of Team Tomorrow. Anyone interested in the work of One Region Forward is invited to join and volunteer at community meetings or events and help us get the word out about the initiative.
We want to hear from citizens and organizations across Erie and Niagara County to guide the vision and participate in the development of the plan. It’s a chance to learn more about the effort and be a part of One Region Forward.
If you’re involved in a project or a program that you believe helps define what sustainability means for the future for our region, tell us about it and we’ll feature it on our website’s interactive map “Sustainability in Action.”
How would you finish this sentence?
I’m moving One Region Forward by…
We’ve been out across the region asking people to tell us what they do to define sustainability in their daily lives and move One Region Forward.
Tell us what you’re doing to make Buffalo Niagara more sustainable and see how citizens across the region are finishing that sentence.
Share One Region Forward With Your Own Online Community
Sharing One Region Forward on your website is an easy and effective way to show your support for the initiative. Let us know if you are interested and we will assist you with materials you can post on your organization, business, or personal website.
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