The Plan

The Region of Villages Scenario

What if the region grew, and we concentrated development around a regional network of urban downtowns, town centers and villages?

This alternative scenario was created directly from citizen input at the Mapping Workshops where participants from across the region worked together to map out a future vision for Buffalo Niagara.

Each citizen-created map was unique, but 44 of the 115 maps citizens created showed similar tendencies and were used to form the Sprawling Smarter scenario.

These 44 maps focused new development around a network of compact communities in cities, villages and town centers throughout the region.  Since this would develop a regional network of village-style places, we’ll call it the “Region of Villages” scenario.

250_villagesThe “Region of Villages” scenario would see new jobs and homes concen-trated in our city, town, and village centers. Neighborhoods would be more walkable, and improved transit would connect these places better. A great deal of farmland and open space would be protected for agriculture and “environmental services.”

  • The region would become 3.5 times more walkable than the “business as usual” scenario
  • 84% of open space would be conserved from development
  • 92% of new jobs and 86% of new homes would go in areas that area already developed
  • 6 out of 10 new jobs and 4 out of 10 new homes would have access to frequent transit service
  • Because of new development, local governments would generate 22.5% more in revenue than the cost to maintain services and infrastructure


Measuring the Region of Villages scenario against our priorities

Five distinct priorities for the future of development in Buffalo Niagara were emphasized by citizens at the Scenario Planning Mapping Workshops. Here is how the Sprawling Smarter scenario would meet those priorities.

Grow_VillagesDevelopment would concentrate in the region’s treasured villages and urban centers, limiting the count of abandoned homes and the area of natural land that gets paved over.

LivableCommunties_VillagesFocused development would place homes near entertainment and services in cities, town centers and villages, making “walkability” the new norm in places throughout the region.

Connect_VillageHigh frequency transit service would become feasible in outlying village centers leading to a “hub and spoke” transit network, limiting our reliance on cars to get around.

ProtectFarmLand_VillagesFocusing development in villages and urban centers would protect most of the region’s prime farmland, natural areas and open space.

LocalGovt_VillagesInvesting in existing communities in villages and urban centers would keep municipal finances “in the black”.

Click here to find out how this scenario compares to the three alternatives.