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Large crowd attends zoning code hearing

Mayor Brown says city residents are truly concerned about the new zoning code and that's why they packed the auditorium at ECC City last night.

The last time the zoning code was replaced, Buffalo was a booming city with an industrial base and booming suburbs.

That was 60 years ago and the code has only been tinkered with since.

Now, there is a new code in the works with a final version slated to be ready for public hearings late this year.

The new code is planned to help create mixed-use, walkable places for the 21st Century.

"What's going on here is a very exciting connection to context," said UB Architecture and Planning Dean Bob Shibley.

"It's all about what each of these very special neighborhoods are about, how they envision their future and how we plan and regulate in relationship with that citizen vision."

Mayor Brown says the new plan is critically important in improving the city as a place to live and a place to work.

"This will make the (development) process so much clearer."

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.