Authorizes a pilot residential parking permit system in the city of Buffalo; requires payment of fees applicable to parking within certain areas.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing a pilot residential parking permit system in the city of Buffalo and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This legislation would allow the city of Buffalo to authorize a pilot residential parking permit system.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 1640-o. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary, the city of Buffalo may by adoption of a local law or ordinance, provide for a residential parking permit system and fix and require the payment of fees applicable to parking within certain areas of the city or as delineated by the common council of the city of Buffalo in accordance with the provisions of this section.
The growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has accelerated exponentially over the last several years, with nine major institutions and more than 40 public and private companies expanding in the city of Buffalo. This expansion has facilitated the investment of over 750 million dollars into a development covering over 120 acres and employing well over 12,000 employees.
This growth however economically beneficial has had negative consequences upon the adjacent Fruit Belt community. This neighborhood is of singular importance due to its rich history as one of the City's oldest neighborhoods developed in the decades before the Civil War. Community leaders along with residents of the Fruit Belt neighborhood have submitted numerous complaints as to the lack of available on street parking close to their homes. Simple tasks such as unloading children and groceries have become increasingly difficult. This is unacceptable to residents and more parking availability is needed.
A City Council resolution calling for the creation of a residential parking permit system were passed in May of 2012. This legislation is in direct response to those hardworking Fruit Belt constituents and would seek to implement a residential parking permit system in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2013-14: S.5623-REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION
None to the State
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5306--A Cal. No. 1222 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing a pilot residential parking permit system in the city of Buffalo and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that a lack of parking for residents in the city of Buffalo in the area in and around Buffalo General Medical Park has resulted in traffic hazards, congestion and air and noise pollution. In addition, such lack of park- ing poses a hazard to residents and other pedestrians in such area. The legislature further finds that a residential parking system within such area will reduce such hazards and will reduce pollution levels as well. The legislature, therefore, hereby declares the necessity of this act to authorize the city of Buffalo to adopt a residential parking system in accordance with the provisions of this act. S 2. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 1640-o to read as follows: S 1640-O. PILOT RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM IN THE CITY OF BUFFALO. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF ANY LAW TO THE CONTRARY, THE CITY OF BUFFALO MAY, BY ADOPTION OF A LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE, PROVIDE FOR A RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM AND FIX AND REQUIRE THE PAYMENT OF FEES APPLICABLE TO PARKING WITHIN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CITY OR AS DELINEATED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO IN ACCORD- ANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 2. SUCH RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM MAY ONLY BE ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE AREA OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11063-04-5 S. 5306--A 2
(A) MICHIGAN AVENUE, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (B) MAPLE STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (C) MULBERRY STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (D) LOCUST STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (E) LEMON STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (F) ORANGE STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (G) PEACH STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (H) GRAPE STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (I) ROSE STREET, FROM BFNC DRIVE TO NORTH STREET; (J) HIGH STREET, FROM MICHIGAN STREET TO ROSE STREET; (K) CARLTON STREET, FROM MICHIGAN STREET TO ROSE STREET; (L) VIRGINIA STREET, FROM MICHIGAN STREET TO ROSE STREET; (M) BFNC DRIVE, FROM MICHIGAN STREET TO ROSE STREET; AND (N) NORTH STREET, FROM MICHIGAN STREET TO ROSE STREET. 3. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, NO PERMIT SHALL BE REQUIRED ON STREETS WHERE THE ADJACENT PROPERTIES ARE ZONED FOR COMMER- CIAL, OFFICE AND/OR RETAIL USE. 4. THE LOCAL LAW PROVIDING FOR SUCH RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM SHALL: (A) SET FORTH FACTORS NECESSITATING THE ENACTMENT OF SUCH PARKING SYSTEM; (B) PROVIDE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-A OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM ANY PERMIT REQUIRE- MENT; (C) PROVIDE THE TIMES OF THE DAY AND THE DAYS OF THE WEEK DURING WHICH PERMIT REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE IN EFFECT; (D) MAKE NOT LESS THAN TWENTY PERCENT OF ALL SPACES WITHIN THE PERMIT AREA OR AREAS AVAILABLE TO NONRESIDENTS WHICH SHALL PROVIDE SHORT-TERM PARKING OF NOT LESS THAN NINETY MINUTES IN DURATION IN SUCH AREA OR AREAS; (E) PROVIDE THE SCHEDULE OF FEES TO BE PAID FOR RESIDENTIAL PERMITS; AND (F) PROVIDE THAT SUCH FEES SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO. 5. NO LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE SHALL BE ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION UNTIL A PUBLIC HEARING THEREON HAS BEEN HELD BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF THE CERTAIN AREA OR AREAS IN WHICH SAID PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM IS TO BE IMPLEMENTED. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall remain in full force and effect for a period of 730 days after the implementation of the local law or ordinance adopted by the city of Buffalo pursuant to section 1640-o of the vehicle and traffic law as added by section two of this act at which time this act shall expire and be deemed repealed. The city of Buffalo shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the occurrence of such implementation or adoption in order that the commission may maintain an accurate and timely effective data base of the official text of the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effectuating the provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the public officers law.