The Plan

Land Use and Development

Land Use and DevelopmentHow can we ensure that our regional patterns of land use and development promote strong communities, a healthy environment, and a prosperous economy?

Working TeamsLand Use and Development Working Team

The working team will create practical solutions to promote efficient land use, economize on infrastructure, support economic development, and protect rural land, parks, and watersheds. The team will work closely with the “Smart Growth Coordinating Committee” established under the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.

Working Team Documents

Keep up to date on the work of the Working Teams as the process unfolds. Documents from the meetings will be posted as they become available.

More information on the overall Working Team process

Land Use and DevelopmentWelcome and Process Overview

Meeting #1 April 2, 2013: Agenda, Notes, Powerpoint Presentation

Meeting #2 May 6, 2013: Agenda, Handout, Powerpoint Presentation, Notes

Meeting #3 June 3, 2013: Agenda, Handout, Powerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #4 August 5, 2013: AgendaHandout, Powerpoint PresentationNotes

Meeting #5 September 30, 2013: HandoutAgendaPresentation MaterialNotes

Meeting #6 January 27, 2013: HandoutAgendaPresentation MaterialNotes

Meeting #7 March 5, 2014: HandoutAgendaMeeting SummaryPowerpoint Presentation

Final Meeting: 
Meeting #8 September 9, 2014:  AGENDAFINAL PresentationDraft IndicatorsFeedback Form

TeamWork Site – Visit our Working Team Website to be updated on materials, events, meetings and more.

Working Team Members

Anthony Armstrong, Buffalo LISC
Dan Castle, Village of East Aurora/Planning Commission
Brian Dold, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Wesley Dust, Erie County Water Authority
Jessie Fisher, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Amy Fisk, Niagara County Dept. of Economic Development
Eric Gillert, Town of Amherst Planning Department
Anthony Hahn, Niagara County Sewer District
Dan Howard, Town of Amherst Planning Department
Kellena Kane, Uniland Development Company
Jason Knight, Buffalo State College Department of Geography and Planning
William Krebs, Village of Springville
Keith Lucas, City of Buffalo
Joshua Mumm, WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
Julie O’Neill, Buffalo Sewer Authority/ Office of Strategic Planning
Matthew Pelkey, Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP
Robert Pidanick, Nussbaumer and Clarke, Inc.
Steve Ricca, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP
Laurence Rubin, Kavinoky Cook, LLP
Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby, Coalition for Economic Justice
Laura Smith, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Nancy Smith, Western New York Land Conservancy
Mathew Pelkey, Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP
David Stebbins, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation
Richard Tindell, City of North Tonawanda Community Development Department

Working Team Facilitator

Jajean Rose-Burney, UB Regional Institute

Working Team Contributors

Lorrie Abounader, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
Harvey Albond, Outgoing  Niagara Region State Parks Commissioner (2 terms), President Niagara Falls Rotary Club
Jay Bumey, WNYEA Habitat and Natural Resources Chair; Learning Sustainability Campaign; GreenWatch; Friends of Times Beach Chair
Erin Carmina, 500 Block Association of Main Street in Downtown Buffalo
Thomas Frank, 1st Niagara National Transportation Heritage Area
Jerome Nagy
Joseph Garguilo
Justin Imola
Derik Kane
Lari Komiczky, Sweet Home Central School District
Keith Lucas, City of Buffalo
Richard Mrugala
Tom Mussell
Mathew Nagowski, Partnership for the Public Good, Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo
David Paoletta
Suzie Rivo Solender, Amherst Youth Board, Erie Co. Tobacco Coalition, American Cancer Society, Amherst Chamber of Commerce
Mary St. Mary, Binational Alliance, WNY Public Health Alliance
Christopher Snyder, University at Buffalo
Anne Smith
Marilyn Sozanski, Family Promise of WNY, People’s Park,TriMain Development, Artfarms
John Szalasny
Dan Ulatowski, Town of Cheektowaga Planning Department
Tim Van Oss
Steve White


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