One Region Forward’s Regional Plan for Sustainable Development entitled “A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara” weaves together nearly three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning by over 5,000 citizens and more than 700 local organizations.
The plan explores ideas and potential strategies to align our actions to our values, providing a basic framework for moving the region towards a more sustainable, resilient, prosperous and opportunity-rich future.
The plan is designed to be a decision-making tool. It offers insights on the future impacts of various approaches to regional development and provides guidance on how our region can work together to create a sustainable, livable Buffalo Niagara for the 21st Century.
Read the full document online in booklet form.
You can also download it in single-page format for printing.
This document summarizes A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara, a regional plan launched under the banner of One Region Forward. Both the larger plan and this abbreviated summary incorporate three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning and offer a basic framework for moving the region toward a more sustainable, resilient, prosperous and opportunity-rich future.
Resources and planning documents include technical reports on food systems planning, climate change action, and a planning resource for coordinating housing investments across the region.
The Work So Far & The Work Ahead
First Draft Report for One Region Forward
Food Access and Justice Strategy Document
Resilient Buffalo Niagara
Climate Change Strategy Document
Complete Communities for a Changing Region
Housing and Neighborhoods Strategy Document
Scenario Planning allows communities to imagine potential alternative futures and test their impact. The process can be tailored to fit a variety of settings, scales and contexts. Ways to Think About Planning in Buffalo Niagara describes approaches, tools and resources available for citizens, local planners, community leaders, nonprofit staff and others who are looking to leverage planning to create change in their community.
One Region Forward Scenario Planning Pilot Projects include: