The Plan

Working Teams

Working Teams will include regional experts and private citizens to fine-tune performance metrics, establish goals for the future and develop implementation strategies aimed at reaching those goals.

The Work of Working Teams
Guided by the Regional Vision and Values, Working Team Members and Contributors will help chart a course for One Region Forward. They will play a leading role in crafting the nuts and bolts of One Region Forward’s planning documents.
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Working Teams Help Chart a Course

Working Teams: Members and Contributors Working Together

Working Team Members and ContributorsWorking Team Members meet to explore policies and programs, develop goals and action steps, and define indicators.

Working Team Contributors review documents from the Working Team meetings and submit feedback for members to incorporate into the work.

Work goes into the DRAFT PLAN and is posted online as the process unfolds.

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How the Working Teams Are Organized

Guided by the Regional Vision and Values, Working Teams will work around the five focus areas of One Region Forward:

Land Use and DevelopmentLand Use and Development

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.


Transportation & MobilityTransportation and Mobility

The working team will develop ways to improve access to jobs, school, shopping, and recreation while expanding travel choices like transit, biking, and walking. The team will coordinate with Land Use and Housing teams to suggest how we can make our urban centers, village Main Streets, and neighborhoods more walkable and accessible.


Housing & NeighborhoodsHousing and Neighborhoods

The working team will propose strategies and concrete actions to protect and renew our existing housing stock and encourage building new homes that are energy efficient and meet the needs of a changing population. The team will work closely with Land Use and Transportation teams to promote neighborhoods that are distinctive, well-served, and connected to the region.


Food Access & Justice

Food Access and Justice

The working team will generate proposals to improve access in “food deserts,” protect farmland in our region from urbanization, promote the health of enterprises that produce and process food and fiber, and improve the connections between farm and market. The team will work closely with the other working teams to ensure that proposals align.  


Climate Change ActionClimate Change Action

The team will develop proposals to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency and conservation and the generation of renewable energy as well as work to anticipate and prepare for impacts of drought, changing lake levels, and severe weather, among others.


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 online. You can view all Working Team Documents

Working Team Process and How It Relates to the Overall Process

Over the course of six meetings, Working Teams will help with four main tasks. They will finish their first round of work in time for review by Community meetings held in Fall of 2013.  At two more meetings in early 2014, the Working teams will review public feedback from the fall meetings and revise and refine all of the draft plan material.

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Working Team Progress