The Plan

Final Draft Plan

1RF Final Draft Plan – A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara


CoverFinalDraftThe Final Draft Plan for One Region Forward is now available for public review and comment. This document weaves together close to three years of research, community engagement, partnership building and planning under the banner of One Region Forward.

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.

Public Comment is open from October 15, 2014 – November 6, 2014.

Comments can be emailed to

Alternatively, comments may be mailed to:
UB Regional Institute
Attn: 1RF Final Draft Plan Comments
77 Goodell Street, Suite 302
Buffalo, NY 14203

 One Region Forward Final Draft Plan – What you’ll find inside

Find the major research findings of what the data tells us about where the region is today and expressions of thousands of citizen voices on the direction people in the region want to see Buffalo Niagara go.

A new story for Buffalo Niagara

Buffalo Niagara is writing a new story about itself – a story about how an old “rust belt” region is retooling itself in the 21st century to meet the stiff challenge of how to live more sustainably in an era of economic change, demographic upheaval and environmental crisis.
It is a story of old places but new people, fresh ideas, and new ways for working together to use our land more wisely, get around more efficiently, create great places to live, ensure a healthy food supply, and meet the challenges of climate change and a transforming energy economy.

What Drives One Region Forward

Creating a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development requires a shared vision, strong engagement of stakeholders and community, building on a strong regional planning framework, solid research, generating new ideas for change, and organizing to put them into action.

What Drives 1RF

5 Big Ideas to Move One Region Forward

Moving One Region Forward is driven by collaboration, a solid foundation of planning in the region, community involvement and feedback,  and an objective analysis of data.

The draft outlines five big ideas and dozens of potential strategies and actions to move those ideas forward. Proposed strategies and actions, built by a team of 100+ subject matter experts, are detailed and provide the basic framework for moving the region toward a more sustainable, prosperous and opportunity-rich future.

Create Great Places and a Thriving Economy through Efficient Land Use
Connect Our Places by Expanding and Diversifying Our Transportation Options
Provide Housing Choices in Neighborhoods that are Great Places to Live
Strengthen Our Food Systems for a Healthier Population and Economy
Conserve Energy, Promote Renewables and Prepare for  the Impacts of Climate Change


Taking Action & More to Come

It’s a truism that plans are only as good as their implementation. One Region Forward has been designed from the beginning to promote the conditions and build a structure to ensure effective and timely implementation – even where it has been hard to get things done in the past.


 Fair Housing Equity Assessment

August 12, 2014 FHEA

Conducting a Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA) is a requirement of the HUD regional planning grant process to ensure that issues of equity and opportunity are considered comprehensively in regional decision-making.

A team of equity stakeholders has been working with One Region Forward to complete a draft of the FHEA for public review. This document examines the roots of Buffalo-Niagara’s racial, ethnic and geographic segregation and exclusion, obstacles to solving these issues, and strategies for overcoming these barriers through One Region Forward’s regional planning process.

You can read the document in its entirety and view the appendix here.

Feedback for the FHEA is now closed. A final version will be released before the end of 2015.

More to Come…

Additional draft documents will be made available on the One Region Forward website through the remainder of 2014. Resources and planning documents to look out for include technical reports on food systems planning, climate change action, and a planning resource for coordinating housing investments across the region.