Relates to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide an incentive to property owners who are not able to develop their lots to instead transform them into positive amenities for the public to enjoy.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The Real Property Tax Law is amended by adding a new section 481-a
JUSTIFICATION: It has been shown that community gardens stabilize neighborhoods and add to the vitality to their immediate surroundings. :n addition to community gardens, urban farms have, in a short period of time, proven to be a crucial link in providing fresh food of different varieties to areas that may not have the kind of access to fresh food that they should have. Pop-up parks are also a fairly new urban development that could provide additional open space options. These and other publicly beneficial uses would be welcome in any neighborhood and this legislation could provide the necessary incentive to property owners.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
EFFECTIVE DATE: immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5810 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 17, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the real property tax law, in relation to a privately owned vacant property temporary public benefit use exemption THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The real property tax law is amended by adding a new section 481-a to read as follows: S 481-A. PRIVATELY OWNED VACANT PROPERTY TEMPORARY PUBLIC BENEFIT USE EXEMPTION. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER, WHERE PRIVATELY OWNED VACANT PROPERTY IS TEMPORARILY USED FOR THE PUBLIC BENE- FIT IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE SUCH PROPERTY MAY BE EXEMPT FROM TAXATION AND AD VALOREM LEVIES FOR AS LONG AS SUCH REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE LIMITED TO USE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT FOR A MINI- MUM OF TWENTY HOURS A WEEK IN THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER THROUGH MARCH AND TWENTY-FIVE HOURS A WEEK IN THE MONTHS OF APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER. 2. THE TERM "PUBLIC BENEFIT", AS USED IN THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, OPEN SPACES, COMMUNITY GARDENS, URBAN FARMS AND POP-UP PARKS. 3. NO REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AN EXEMPTION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IF THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF SUCH REAL PROPERTY SHALL RECEIVE OR MAY BE LAWFULLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE PECUNIARY PROFIT FROM THE USE OF SUCH REAL PROPERTY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11158-01-3