Crystal Middleton has been named Director of Planning and Zoning at the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning. A graduate of Virginia State University with a degree in Mass Communication she holds a Masters Degree in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo.
Ms. Middleton, a former Microsoft Product Advisor, started her career in City Hall as an intern with the Buffalo Renewal Agency. She also served as a General Planner, Senior Planner, and Acting Director with the Agency before being named to her current position as Director.
“I’m a planner with a focus on enhancing urban living in the City of Buffalo. In this role I perform staff reviews for the City’s Planning and Zoning Boards, I support community development projects that take place throughout the city, specifically on the East Side, amongst a host of other related responsibilities.,” states Ms. Middleton.
“As a product of the East side, I am truly passionate about the rebirth of the City of Buffalo as I aim to work with others to enhance our communities, economy and quality of life for city residents. “
Ms. Middleton, who currently oversees a staff of seven planners (two more are expected to be added) was featured in the most recent issue of Buffalo Business First. In that article she credited a visit to Ghana after graduating from Virginia State , with ultimately leading her to enrolling at UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.
A visionary, she was also praised in the Business First report by the Office of Strategic Planning executive director Brendan Mehaffy for her “energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.”
Developing single-family homes in the Masten Park Neighborhood is one of her many goals.