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PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON MASTER PLAN UPDATE

The last time Buffalo rewrote its master plan, Jimmy Carter was president and thousands of residents were working in steel plants.

It's time for some new plans, according to officials who are updating the Buffalo master plan for the first time in more than two decades. What's more, they're asking for residents' suggestions, officials said Friday.

A series of public hearings have been scheduled in the nine Common Council districts, starting Tuesday in the Masten District and ending Oct. 7 in the South District, officials announced.

"It's vitally important that the neighbors attend them. . . . The essence of this is to take the plan to the public and to get feedback," Peter K. Cutler, Mayor Masiello's director of communications, said.

According to officials, the purpose of the master plan is to provide a "comprehensive blueprint for . . . development" of the city.

Cutler said residents attending meetings can help officials determine if they have plans that will work on the neighborhood level. In other words, does the master plan identify public needs and suggest ways to meet them?

"We want to know: Is there anything we've missed? Are we on the right track?" Cutler said.

Here is a list of the hearings, which begin at 7 p.m.:

Tuesday -- Masten District: Buffalo Traditional High School, 450 Masten Ave.

Wednesday -- Fillmore District: Polish Community Center, 1081 Broadway.

Thursday -- University District: Ed Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave.

Sept. 28 -- Niagara District: West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.

Sept. 29 -- North District: Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

Sept. 30 -- Delaware District: North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road.

Oct. 5 -- Ellicott District: Waterfront School, 95 Fourth St.

Oct. 6 -- Lovejoy District: East Clinton Senior Center, 1800 Clinton St.

Oct. 7 -- South District: Southside Elementary School, 430 Southside Parkway.

The master plan is available through the city's Web page, www.ci.buffalo.ny.us, according to city planners.

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