Revised Green Code anticipated to spur growth

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Formerly an 1,800 page code designed to suburbanize Buffalo, the Green Code has slimmed down to a useful size with the help of Mayor Byron Brown.

Brown presented the new Green Code to the Buffalo Common Council to review. It’s been cut over the past five years with the help of citizens who have a vision for the future of the City of Buffalo.

Instead of creating a more suburban Buffalo, the new code encourages mixed-use neighborhoods, repositions the waterfront and encourages employment centers along Buffalo’s historic belt line.

“It will ensure that things are built in a way in this community that is in the best interest of our neighborhoods and building in a way that is sanctioned and recommended by members of our community, so those days of fighting over what was built, how it was built, where it could be built — those days should be over,” Brown said.

The Common Council will decide on whether or not to accept the Green Code at a meeting in November, then a public review will consider the code’s environmental impacts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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