Promoting economic and urban development in neighborhood business districts through comprehensive corridor planning, incentive programs, and public management reforms
Elimination of Parking Minimums
- Project stakeholders anticipate the policy will result in an increased frequency of development and public revenue as a consequence of reducing overall construction costs.
Select Initiative Goals
- Encourage general development citywide by removing a common cost barrier
- Increase density and pedestrian scale of future development
- Increase property tax revenue
- Promote alternative transportation modes
- The citywide policy was adopted in 2017 as part of the form-based code popularly known as the Buffalo Green Code. Officially called the Unified Development Ordinance, it was the first comprehensive revision to the building and zoning framework for the city since 1953.
- Instead of a fixed formula for determining a required number of spaces by use type and size, Buffalo now requires a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan for development projects greater than 5,000 square feet. This allows developers of large projects to build less parking if the project will benefit from other transportation modes, like mass transit.
- Residential and commercial developments of less than 5,000 square feet are not required to include any parking.
Buffalo is the first major U.S. city to eliminate off-street parking minimums citywide, and it is the third to adopt a form-based code. The intensive, multi-year public engagement process included more than 230 public meetings.
A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes
Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes