Niagara Street Now Documents

Vision Document

Over a four-month period, more than 600 residents, business owners, and stakeholders shaped a set of priorities for the future of Niagara Street. Summarized in the community vision document, these priorities will guide the streetscape re-design of Niagara Street, from Porter to Ontario.

December 15, 2015 Stakeholder Meeting

February 2016 Community Workshops

March 31, 2016 Community Vision Update Meeting

June 20, 2016 Preliminary Design Update Meeting

August 17, 2016 Shoreline Trail Stakeholder’s Meeting

December 13, 2016 Green Infrastructure and Design Update Meeting

July 13, 2017 Green Infrastructure and Design Update Meeting

Related Planning Work

A total of 33 plans spanning the last decade and more were reviewed and summarized. These plans cover a wide range of planning activities from watershed management to transportation planning, and each offers useful insights for Niagara Street Now. Though every plan touches on many topics, they generally fit into certain categories. These types of plans, and what they can tell us about Niagara Street Now, are briefly described below.

City Plans

Often informed by stakeholder input, city plans create a broad, guiding vision for all communities of Buffalo.  These include comprehensive plans that collectively address the many issues that impact a city, and others that focus on specific concerns, such as zoning,  Each citywide plan has a unique focus, but all aim to establish Niagara Street as a vital gateway into Buffalo by revitalizing the corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods, expanding transportation options, adding greenspace, and enhancing public access to the waterfront.

Queen City for the 21st Century – Buffalo’s Comprehensive Plan, 2006

Queen City Hub – A Strategic Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo, 2007

Buffalo Sewer Authority CSO Long Term Control Plan – Green Infrastructure Master Plan, 2014

Buffalo Green Code – Land Use Plan, 2015

Neighborhood Plans

Commonly developed by community groups or neighborhood planning associations, these plans provide broad visions for specific neighborhoods and suggest strategies that reflect community values. Though Niagara Street crosses many engaged neighborhoods, they all recognize its importance as a critical corridor for economic revitalization, historical preservation and environmental restoration.

Building a Neighborhood of Choice – A Neighborhood Plan for the Riverside Planning Community, 2007

Historic Black Rock – War of 1812 Bicentennial Community Plan, 2008

Rediscover Riverside – 2010 Riverside Community Plan, 2010

West Side Sustainable Community Plan, 2010

Conceptual Design for Re-imagining Niagara Street as a Complete Street, 2011

PUSH Buffalo-BNSC Building for the Future – Community Development Plan for the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor Green Development Zone, 2012

Tonawanda Street Corridor – Brownfield Opportunity Area, 2014

Imagining the Future of Niagara Street, 2015

Upper Rock Local Historic Preservation District Plan, 2015

Waterfront Plans

These plans focus on revitalizing our waterfronts. They recommend that the Niagara Street corridor become a distinct gateway into the city by improving public waterfront access, restoring shoreline ecology, and celebrating history along the Niagara River.

Queen City Waterfront – Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative A Strategic Plan for Transportation Improvements, 2007

Buffalo Waterfront Plan – Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, 2015

Environmental/Parks Plans

These plans lay out strategies for restoring parks and nature. Though they vary in scale, these plans commonly suggest that the Niagara Street corridor should serve as a significant environmental destination; one that is in need of ecological restoration, protection from pollution, and enhanced access to public open spaces that embrace the waterfront and its history.

Scajaquada Creek Initiative – Watershed Master Plan, 2002

Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, 2005

Niagara River Greenway Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, 2007

The Olmsted City – The Buffalo Olmsted Park System Plan for the 21st Century, 2007

Black Rock Canal Park Feasibility Analysis, 2010

Green Infrastructure Solutions to Buffalo’s Sewer Overflow Challenge Draft Feasibility Study, 2011

Remedial Action Plan Stage 2 Addendum – Niagara River Area of Concern, 2012

Broderick Park Master Plan, 2014

Niagara River Habitat Conservation Strategy, 2014

Riverwalk Revitalization Draft Action Plan, 2014

Buffalo MicroParks

Transportation Plans

By studying local trends and preferences, these plans aim to accommodate the transportation needs of cities or regions. Even those with a broad, regional focus recommend that formal accommodations be made to integrate bikes, pedestrians and public transit in our roadways, especially key routes like Niagara Street.

2008 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan for Erie and Niagara Counties, 2008

2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan, 2010

Improving Bikability and Walkability through Complete Streets – Case Study – Niagara Street, 2014

Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan Technical Memorandum #1 – Existing Conditions Assessment, 2014

Regional Plans

These plans bring communities together to develop a broad vision to help shape the future of the entire region. Regional plans support strategic investments near waterfronts and existing commercial corridors, like Niagara Street, in order to promote sustainability and revitalize the regional economy.

A Strategy for Prosperity in Western New York: WNY Economic Development Strategic Plan, 2011

Western New York Regional Sustainability Plan, 2013

One Region Forward: A New Way to Plan for Buffalo Niagara, 2015