What if the region grew, and we continued to sprawl outward, only in a more condensed way?
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 40 of the 115 maps citizens created showed similar tendencies and were used to form the Sprawling Smarter scenario.
These 40 maps made some reinvestment in existing communities, but also spread out future development to outer suburbs and rural towns. Most new development was built to be compact and walkable, but many of these new places would remain disconnected from the urban cores of our region. We’ll call this the “Sprawling Smarter” scenario.
The “Sprawling Smarter” scenario would see some outward growth of new jobs and homes, however, these would take on a much denser, mixed-use form. Abandonment would still be an issue for central cities and older suburbs. Less farmland and open space would be lost to development.
- 7 out of 10 new homes would be built in mixed-use, walkable communities
- 79% of new jobs would go in areas that are already built up
- Residents of Buffalo Niagara would drive about the same number of miles each day as today
- 1 out of 3 new homes would be go on previously undeveloped, “greenfield” sites
- Nearly 80% of the region’s current open space would be preserved from development
- The costs for governments to maintain services and infrastructure and would exceed revenue
Measuring the Sprawling Smarter 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.
Click here to find out how this scenario compares to the three alternatives.