Queen City Planning


ABOUT THE PROJECT

Planning for “the best planned city in America”

The Queen City Planning Series is comprised of four planning documents developed over a decade. The individual documents include a comprehensive plan, a strategic plan for downtown, a strategic plan for the waterfront, and a restoration and management plan for the Olmsted park system. Together, they represent a nearly complete body of planning work for the City of Buffalo.

UBRI WORK & SOLUTIONS

Informed by citizens, experts and leaders at every turn

Urban Design Project (now merged with UB Regional Institute) led this planning series to work with the community to shape a new vision for Buffalo, NY. The series was led by experts, but built by citizens and community leaders to ensure an informed and actionable dialogue about the future of the city, including important decisions emerging around land use, downtown development, waterfront and the Olmsted Park System. “In 2030 Buffalo will be the Queen City of the Great Lakes once more, growing again, renewed, and rebuilt from its foundations, a model of smart growth and sustainability.”

View the Work

Queen City in the 21st Century- Buffalo’s Comprehensive Plan

Queen City Hub- A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo- Volume 1 Overview

Queen City Hub- A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo- Volume 2 The Work Plan

The Olmsted City – The Buffalo Olmsted Park System: Plan for the 21st Century

Queen City Waterfront – Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative: A Strategic Plan for Transportation Improvements


QUEEN CITY IN THE 21st CENTURY: BUFFALO’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

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Rebuilding a City for the
21st Century

Queen City in the 21st Century – Buffalo’s Comprehensive Plan, is a physical land use plan created to guide Buffalo to achieve a shared community vision of its future. It was initiated by the public demand for an inclusive process of revitalization and adopted by the City in 2006. The goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to reverse Buffalo’s long-term decline in population, employment and the quality of the physical environment through coordinated and strategic investments in economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and the infrastructure of the city, through the implementation of smart growth principles.

Queen City in the 21st Century- Buffalo’s Comprehensive Plan

 

 

 

 

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THE QUEEN CITY HUB: A REGIONAL ACTION PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN BUFFALO

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Creating the Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo

The Queen City Hub is the framework for a place-oriented program of development for revitalizing downtown. By 2004, strategic areas of investment identified in the plan had received over $400 million in real investment with an additional $600 million committed from the public and private sector.

Queen City Hub- A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo- Volume 1 Overview

Queen City Hub- A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo- Volume 2 The Work Plan

 

 

 


QUEEN CITY WATERFRONT – BUFFALO WATERFRONT CORRIDOR INITIATIVE: A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

Reimagining Buffalo’s Waterfront

The Queen City Waterfront incorporates Buffalo’s Waterfront Corridor Initiative with its Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. It bridges the false dichotomy between the values represented in transportation infrastructure development and public goals for a cleaner environment, better waterfront access, economic development, stronger and better-connected waterfront neighborhoods, and a great international waterfront gateway. It accomplishes a vision – “Buffalo emerged from its waterfront and is determined to return”.


THE OLMSTED CITY – THE BUFFALO OLMSTED PARK SYSTEM: PLAN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Planning for Buffalo, the Olmsted City

The Olmsted City is a restoration and management plan for the Olmsted-designed park and parkway system. This includes 846 acres of parks (over 60% of all city parkland), and over 6 miles of parkways. The system has suffered years of neglect, and surrounding urban neighborhoods have suffered from that neglect. The plan argues that a restored and expanded park system can help regenerate urban neighborhoods, improve quality of life and the health, and provide important environmental services such as habitat for wildlife, cleaner air, and stormwater management.

 

 

2009 CNU Charter Award
The Congress for the New Urbanism

2009 Excellence in Historic Preservation
The Preservation League of New York State
Awarded for The Olmsted City – The Buffalo Olmsted Park System: Plan for the 21st Century

2009 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning
American Planning Association, NY Upstate Chapter
Awarded for The Olmsted City – The Buffalo Olmsted Park System: Plan for the 21st Century

2008 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Honorable Mention for a Neighborhood Development Program
International Economic Development Council
Awarded for The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo

2008 Planning and Analysis Honor of Excellence
American Society of Landscape Architects, NY Upstate Chapter
Awarded for The Olmsted City – The Buffalo Olmsted Park System: Plan for the 21st Century: Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

2008 Outstanding Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice
American Planning Association, NY Upstate Chapter
Awarded for Queen City Waterfront (2007) Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative: A Strategic Plan for Transportation Improvements

2005 Outstanding Planning Award
American Planning Association (APA)
Awarded for The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo

2004 Comprehensive Planning Award
Western NY Section & NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA)
Awarded for The Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo

2001 The Civic Empowerment Award
County of Erie Executive Chamber
Awarded for Downtown Buffalo 2002!

2000 The Civic Empowerment Award
American Planning Association, NY Upstate Chapter
Awarded for The Downtown Buffalo Strategic Plan and Downtown Buffalo 2002! Program

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