Scenarios tell a story of how our region may change over time based on where Buffalo Niagara is today and the choices we might make about how we use our land and how we invest our resources.
What if you could change our approach to land use, development, housing and transportation, then what would our future hold?
What if we continue the development and investment patterns that have characterized the past several decades? What will that cost us in infrastructure maintenance? How many abandoned homes and buildings will be left behind? How much fertile farmland will be left to grow local food? The One Region Forward research team is analyzing these trends and projecting them out into the future. You will have the opportunity to learn about what things may look like for future generations if we keep doing things the same, and what it means for the vision and values of our region.
Tell us what your future Buffalo Niagara looks like. This November, Community Congress workshops will ask us to decide where to make investments and what strategies to pursue to get us closer to our shared Regional Vision and Values.
In a series of highly interactive, hands-on workshops, One Region Forward will ask participants to work together mapping their future approach to land use, development, housing and transportation for our region.
Register to attend a Community Congress Workshop and share your ideas.
Bring the family! Kids and families are welcome at the workshops. Kid-friendly activities will be available at the workshops so the whole family can participate in moving One Region Forward!
Check out our Workshop Toolkit page to find ready-made materials for easy sharing among your networks, colleagues and friends electronically and in-person.
How Your Input Will Guide the Work Ahead
Ideas and input will be used to create alternative scenarios showing participants preferred patterns of development to sustain Buffalo Niagara into the future. These scenarios will be used to project outcomes, then be put to the test by estimating what each alternative would mean for our economy, our environment, and our communities. Will the cost to maintain infrastructure grow? Will we have more ability to grow local food to sustain people here? How do these outcomes differ from what we can expect if we keep doing things the same as in the past?
The maps citizens create will be collected, analyzed and synthesized over a few months following the Community Congress Workshops.Visit our website in late November 2013, when maps from the workshops will be posted and viewable online.
In Spring 2014, the Community Congress will reconvene to view three to four alternative scenario maps that aggregate the most common principles developed from these workshops. You will get to see what each of these scenarios will mean for the region’s fiscal health, housing stock, agriculture productivity, transportation systems and more.
A next set of Community Congress meetings in the spring of 2014 will be used to present what the impacts of these alternative futures would be. You will be allowed to reassess your approach and again raise your voice on how you would like to see Buffalo Niagara move forward. Once we hear all the voices, we can then work together to establish a path for us to truly move One Region Forward.