The Plan

Regional Strategy Documents

CoverThe Work So Far & The Work Ahead
First Draft Report for One Region Forward
Released in July 2014 for public feedback and input, “The Work So Far & The Work Ahead” was the first major public report of One Region Forward. The document details dozens of strategies and actions developed by our Working Team subject matter experts as well as other research and community engagement findings. While a building block for the final plan, this document also is a resource that includes greater contextual detail on One Region Forward and the region.


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Food Access and Justice Strategy Document
Growing Together offers further detail on recommended strategies and information regarding food access and food justice for Buffalo Niagara. It echoes community concerns over weaknesses in the region’s food system and seeks to make fresh food more equitably accessible, to ensure that sustainable food production remains a viable career, and to strengthen the connections between the region’s food producers and residents.  The document was created by a team from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, led by Dr. Samina Raja.


Cover_ClimateResilient Buffalo Niagara
Climate Change Strategy Document
Resilient Buffalo Niagara is a research-driven strategy document that offers guidance on how the region can better prepare for the predictable — and many unpredictable — impacts of climate change here in Buffalo Niagara. It focuses on building community resilience to minimize losses from climatic changes, and at the same time support sustainable development of the region. Faculty and students from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning authored this document under the direction of Dr. Himanshu Grover.


Cover_Regional-HousinglanComplete Communities for a Changing Region
Housing and Neighborhoods Strategy Document
Complete Communities is a planning and policy document that provides greater detail on housing-related recommendations and outlines best practices to consider in Buffalo Niagara. The document embodies the principles of One Region Forward by fostering neighborhoods that are great places to live while providing housing choices for a changing population – choices that are affordable, accessible, well-served, energy efficient, and suited to the needs of a diversity of residents. The plan was created by UB Regional Institute in partnership with Make Communities, LLC.


Cover_FHEAFair Housing Equity Assessment
A team of equity stakeholders worked with One Region Forward to craft the Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), a document intended to advise how issues of equity and opportunity should be considered comprehensively in regional decision-making. The Fair Housing Equity Assessment 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. The research, analysis and community engagement around the FHEA have helped shape the focus of equity and opportunity that are woven through many of this plan’s implementation strategies. UB Regional Institute authored this document in partnership with Make Communities, LLC.


The Buffalo Niagara Regional Report
Property taxes are the backbone of local government revenue. What we choose to build or allow to be built in our communities has a direct impact on our ability to repair roads, provide quality education, and pay our bills. This is a driving consideration for One Region Forward. To help understand how productive various forms of development in Buffalo Niagara are regarding tax production, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership invited Joe Minicozzi and Urban3 to perform this study for our region. It looks at the tax production and value per acre of various geographies – downtowns, village centers, shopping malls, main streets, suburban strip corridors, and others, to demonstrate that when land consumption is considered, sustainable forms of development are often the best bet for the local tax base and revenue stream.

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