Bill S2425-2011

Establishes a policy and procedures for state site selection in urban areas

Establishes a policy that state facilities and state uses of space in urban areas shall serve to strengthen the state's cities; establishes criteria and procedures to carry out such policy.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
  • Jan 20, 2011: REFERRED TO INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S2425

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the public lands law, in relation to site selection for state use

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the prevalence of urban and suburban sprawl and to help improve the social, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions of communities in urban areas by requiring that site selection for new state government buildings consider a variety of factors relating to best possible use of existing facilities and infrastructure.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

A new section 2-c is added to the public lands law that:

* Declares it to be the intention of the State of New York to make its facilities and use of space serve to strengthen the State's cities and make them more attractive places to live and work;

* Requires that consideration of space and facility needs of the State shall first focus on urban centralized community business areas;

* Establishes criteria and alternatives upon which the siting of State facilities shall be based, including availability of existing state controlled facilities, acquisition or utilization of existing privately owned facilities, opportunities for locating cultural, education, recreational, or commercial activities within the proposed facility, and analysis of compatibility of the site with state, regional, or local development and conservation objectives; and,

* Requires the Commissioner of the Office of General Services to develop programs helping to promote the efficient acquisition and utilization of state-owned space.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is generally acknowledged that urban and suburban sprawl, or the inefficient, unplanned development of resources away from existing urban centers is a serious problem in the State of New York. One factor that heavily contributes to sprawl is the relocation of government office buildings and facilities away from urban centers while existing infrastructure and resources within these centers go under utilized.

This legislation attempts to address this problem by requiring that the State work with local governments to consider acquiring or utilizing facilities and infrastructure that already exists within cities in New York. By considering the recreational, cultural, environmental, economic, and commercial needs of urban areas when choosing new sites for state facilities, the livability of our cities

will increase and the precious open space resources outside of them will be better conserved.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009-10: S.5683 Died in Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Significant cost savings could be realized by both the State and local governments due to the maximization of the use of existing resources in our urban areas and the conservation of undeveloped areas on their outskirts.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2425 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 20, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, HANNON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KLEIN, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the public lands law, in relation to site selection for state use THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public lands law is amended by adding a new section 2-c to read as follows: S 2-C. SITE SELECTION FOR STATE USE. 1. IT IS HEREBY DECLARED TO BE THE POLICY OF THE STATE THAT STATE FACILITIES AND STATE USE OF SPACE IN URBAN AREAS SHALL SERVE TO STRENGTHEN THE STATE'S CITIES AND TO MAKE THEM ATTRACTIVE PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK. SUCH SPACE SHALL CONSERVE EXISTING URBAN RESOURCES AND ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT OF CITIES. PROCEDURES FOR MEETING SPACE NEEDS IN URBAN AREAS SHALL GIVE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION TO THE IMPACT A SITE SELECTION WILL HAVE ON IMPROVING THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND CULTURAL CONDITIONS OF THE COMMUNITIES IN THE URBAN AREA. 2. EXCEPT WHERE SUCH SELECTION IS OTHERWISE PROHIBITED, THE PROCESS FOR MEETING STATE SPACE NEEDS IN URBAN AREAS SHALL GIVE FIRST CONSIDER- ATION TO A CENTRALIZED COMMUNITY BUSINESS AREA AND ADJACENT AREAS OF SIMILAR CHARACTER, INCLUDING OTHER SPECIFIC AREAS WHICH MAY BE RECOM- MENDED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS. 3. THE PROCESS OF MEETING STATE SPACE NEEDS IN URBAN AREAS SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE POLICIES OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL INCLUDE CONSIDER- ATION OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: (A) COMPATIBILITY OF THE SITE WITH STATE, REGIONAL, OR LOCAL DEVELOP- MENT, REDEVELOPMENT, OR CONSERVATION OBJECTIVES.
(B) IMPACT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE URBAN AREA, INCLUDING THE UTILIZATION OF HUMAN, NATURAL, CULTURAL, AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES. (C) AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES ON A NONDISCRIMINATORY BASIS. (D) AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC. 4. PROCEDURES FOR MEETING SPACE NEEDS IN URBAN AREAS SHALL BE CONSIST- ENT WITH THE POLICIES OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING ALTERNATIVES: (A) AVAILABILITY OF EXISTING STATE CONTROLLED FACILITIES. (B) UTILIZATION OF BUILDINGS OF HISTORIC, ARCHITECTURAL, OR CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE. (C) ACQUISITION OR UTILIZATION OF EXISTING PRIVATELY OWNED FACILITIES. (D) CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FACILITIES. (E) OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCATING CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL, OR COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE PROPOSED FACILITY. 5. THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL DEVELOP PROGRAMS TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICIES OF THIS SECTION THROUGH THE EFFICIENT ACQUISITION AND UTILIZATION OF STATE OWNED AND LEASED SPACE. IN PARTICULAR, SUCH COMMISSIONER SHALL: (A) SELECT, ACQUIRE, AND MANAGE STATE SPACE IN A MANNER WHICH WILL FOSTER THE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES. (B) ISSUE REGULATIONS, STANDARDS, AND CRITERIA FOR THE SELECTION, ACQUISITION, AND MANAGEMENT OF STATE OWNED AND LEASED SPACE. (C) PERIODICALLY UNDERTAKE SURVEYS OF SPACE REQUIREMENTS AND SPACE UTILIZATION IN THE EXECUTIVE AGENCIES. (D) ENSURE, IN COOPERATION WITH THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE AGENCIES, THAT THEIR ESSENTIAL SPACE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET IN A MANNER THAT IS ECONOM- ICALLY FEASIBLE AND PRUDENT. (E) MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF EXISTING STATE CONTROLLED FACILITIES WHICH, IN HIS JUDGMENT, ARE ADEQUATE OR ECONOMICALLY ADAPTABLE TO MEETING THE SPACE NEEDS OF EXECUTIVE AGENCIES. (F) ANNUALLY SUBMIT LONG-RANGE PLANS AND PROGRAMS FOR THE ACQUISITION, MODERNIZATION, AND USE OF SPACE FOR APPROVAL BY THE GOVERNOR. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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