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.
BILL NUMBER: S5683
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.
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 :
New Bill - 2009
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.