Developing a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development takes a vision, coordination of efforts from the past and those now underway, community involvement, ideas on policies and innovative programs, and action steps to make the plan a reality.
Process to date
Citizens across Erie and Niagara Counties mapped their vision for a future Buffalo Niagara.
At Community Congress Workshops in November 2013, citizens mapped their future approach to land use, development, housing and transportation for our region. In all, 57 maps were created at the five workshops.
Looking forward to Spring 2014, the Community Congress reconvenes to narrow down the scenarios, explain the impacts of each, and ask citizens across the region to decide which future they want for Buffalo Niagara.
Missed the Community Congress in November?
For those that were not able to attend one of our Community Congress events, we are offering citizens and organizations the opportunity to host a Scenario Planning Workshops in your community through mid-March, 2014. Hosting a workshop is easy. You find the space, we will bring the rest.
Fill out the form and our engagement team will contact you to setup a date, time, and venue for the Scenario Planning Exercise.
SUMMER 2013 – PRESENT
We’ve asked citizens what they want to change and what they want to keep in their communities for future generations.
At events across the region, One Region Forward is committed to empowering the people of Buffalo Niagara to be a part of the process in driving positive, sustainable change in our region and diverse communities.
Learn how you can get involved.
WINTER 2013 – PRESENT
Working Team Members and Contributors help chart a course for action.
Guided by the Regional Vision and Values, Working Teams are working around the five focus areas of One Region Forward. Working Teams include regional experts and private citizens working together to establish goals and develop strategies for moving One Region Forward.
Citizens across Erie and Niagara Counties weigh in on the vision and value statements.
Concerned citizens, community leaders, representatives from our business community, and our region’s elected officials attended our first Community Congress in Winter 2013 to weigh in on the draft Regional Vision and Values.
Buffalo Niagara’s recent planning work provides a head start for defining where we want to go as a region.
More than 160 plans for Buffalo Niagara and the many parts of the region — counties, cities and towns, districts and neighborhoods reveals common themes and values across our region. One Region Forward’s draft vision and values come from these plans to guide the work ahead.
Visit the Plan Library to view plans from across our region.