Bill S6819-2009

Establishes the universal design incentive

Establishes the universal design incentive which authorizes the secretary of the department of state to reduce building permit fees for new construction or substantial alterations providing for accessible housing for persons with physical disabilities.

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Actions

  • Jun 10, 2010: referred to governmental operations
  • Jun 10, 2010: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 10, 2010: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 8, 2010: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.891
  • Jun 8, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 17, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 10, 2010: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Housing, Construction and Community Development - May 17, 2010
Ayes (5): Espada, Diaz, Bonacic, Leibell, Young
Ayes W/R (1): Squadron
Nays (2): Hassell-Thompson, Krueger
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jun 8, 2010
Ayes (17): Smith, Espada, Stachowski, Montgomery, Duane, Hassell-Thompson, Krueger, Parker, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins, Dilan, Klein, Valesky, Volker, Farley, LaValle, Saland
Ayes W/R (5): Skelos, Padavan, Seward, Hannon, Larkin
Excused (1): Johnson O

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S6819

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the universal design incentive

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA : To allow for permit fee reductions for houses that are universally designed to be accessible and adaptable housing.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 is the legislative intent stating that accessible housing is vital to the safety and welfare of certain individuals, and should be expand to help such individuals age in place.

Section 2 states the Universal design incentive which allows for permit fee reductions deemed sufficient to expedite development of new homes and substantial alterations to existing homes. In order to qualify for this incentive certain parameters must be met including, accessible entrances both externally and internally, accessible bedroom or a room that can be converted to a bedroom on the ground/first floor, an accessible or adaptable kitchen, an accessible bathroom, or an adaptable powder room. This section also allows for setback requirements to be exempted if the exemption is for compliance with the ADA, and building officials determine that there is no other practical way. This section further allows for exemptions from certain dimensional regulations for enumerated reasons. Lastly no exemption shall be provided if the building is otherwise required to be accessible to various State or Federal laws, and the building must be less than 2,400 square feet.

Section 3 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION : Allowing individuals to age in place is critically important as our state's population ages. It is widely known that allowing an individual to reside in the least restrictive setting is the best situation for their physical and mental health. Further, by allowing people to age in place and not have to go and reside in assisted living residences, or nursing homes we are saving significant money for New York. By incentivizing houses to be built or remodeled as universal design we are ensuring that our housing stock will meet the needs of elderly residents who wish to remain in their private residences.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect January 1, 2011, with provisions.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6819 IN SENATE February 10, 2010 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FOLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the universal design incentive THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent and findings. The legislature hereby finds that the availability of accessible housing opportunities is vital to the safety and welfare of persons with limited mobility including seniors and persons with either permanent or temporary physical disabil- ities. This act provides for a Universal Design Incentive (UDI) permit fee structure and other benefits that reduce the cost and time needed to create accessible and adaptable housing. An increase in the inventory of such single and multi-family dwellings is needed to meet the needs of a growing number of residents and visitors with disabilities and for those who wish to retire in their own homes as is commonly referred to as the ability to "age-in-place". The legislature hereby provides this UDI legislation to stimulate the development of adaptable and accessible housing by offering permits for both new dwellings and for alterations to existing dwellings under an incentive based fee structure with expedited application processing. The UDI also provides for the exemption from certain dimensional (setback) requirements for alterations to existing dwellings that are necessary to create an accessible entryway. Further, the UDI provides for an exemption from maximum floor area and lot coverage calculations for new and substantially altered single family dwellings. This act is intended to encourage and expedite the development of additional local housing opportunities for independent living. The legislature seeks to facilitate the alteration of existing homes and the construction of new single and multi-family dwellings that are accessible or may be readily made accessible for seniors and other persons with limited mobility such as persons with disabilities.
The legislature hereby finds that the inclusion of certain accessible and adaptable dwelling design features into the construction of new dwelling units as well as the alteration of existing dwelling units will allow seniors and persons with disabilities greater opportunity to occu- py or visit homes within New York state and, to age in place which avoids the considerable cost to retirees, their families and often to New York state for unnecessary and unwanted residencies in assisted living or nursing care facilities. Therefore, this act is necessary to expand the inventory of housing opportunities that are defined as accessible or adaptable. S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 378-a to read as follows: S 378-A. UNIVERSAL DESIGN INCENTIVE. THE NEW YORK STATE UNIFORM FIRE PREVENTION AND BUILDING CODE SHALL CONTAIN THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS SHALL APPLY: A. "ACCESSIBLE" MEANS A BUILDING OR PORTION THEREOF THAT CAN BE APPROACHED, ENTERED AND USED BY PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. B. "ACCESSIBLE DOOR" MEANS A THIRTY-SIX INCH DOOR THAT WHEN HUNG IN THE STANDARD MANNER PROVIDES A MINIMUM CLEARANCE OF THIRTY-TWO INCHES WITH NO MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER INCH BEVELED THRESHOLDS AND EQUIPPED OR EASILY REFITTED WITH LEVER-TYPE DOOR HANDLES. C. "ADAPTABLE" MEANS LIVING SPACE WHICH MAY BE READILY CONVERTED WITH- OUT DEMOLITION AND WITH MINIMAL EFFORT AND COST INTO LIVING SPACE THAT IS ACCESSIBLE. D. "BATHROOM" MEANS A ROOM COMMONLY CONTAINING A TOILET, SINK, AND EITHER A SHOWER, BATHTUB, COMBINATION BATHTUB/SHOWER, OR BOTH A SHOWER AND A BATHTUB. THIS TERM SHALL INCLUDE A COMPARTMENTED BATHROOM IN WHICH THE FIXTURES ARE DISTRIBUTED AMONG INTERCONNECTED ROOMS. E. "BUILDING OFFICIAL" MEANS A PERSON DESIGNATED BY THE SECRETARY WHO SHALL OVERSEE THAT THE PROVISIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION ARE ADHERED TO. F. "COMMON USE ROOM" MEANS A ROOM COMMONLY USED BY RESIDENTS OR GUESTS TO CONGREGATE. G. "DIMENSIONAL REQUIREMENTS" MEANS ANY LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES GOVERNING THE SIZE OF ANY STRUCTURES ON A BUILDING LOT. THIS TERM SHALL INCLUDE SETBACK REQUIREMENTS. H. "DWELLING UNIT" MEANS ONE OR MORE ROOMS IN A BUILDING THAT ARE ARRANGED, DESIGNED, USED OR INTENDED FOR USE BY ONE OR MORE FAMILIES. I. "FLEX ROOM" MEANS A COMMON USE ROOM THAT CAN BE CONVERTED TO A PRIVATE BEDROOM WITHOUT DEMOLITION, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THAT WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLING A DOOR IN AN EXISTING WALL OPENING. A FLEX ROOM MUST MEET SUCH CODE REQUIREMENTS AS MAY BE ADOPTED FOR FUTURE USE AS A BEDROOM INCLUDING EGRESS AND SMOKE DETECTION. J. "KITCHEN" MEANS A ROOM USED FOR THE COOKING OR WARMING OF FOOD. K. "LOT COVERAGE RESTRICTIONS" MEANS ANY LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES GOVERNING THE RATIO OF THE OCCUPIED AREA TO THE TOTAL AREA OF A BUILDING LOT. THE OCCUPIED AREA REFERS TO THE AREA OF A BUILDING LOT WHICH IS COVERED BY BUILDINGS, DRIVEWAYS AND OTHER STRUCTURES. L. "POWDER ROOM" MEANS A ROOM CONTAINING A TOILET AND SINK, BUT NO BATHTUB OR SHOWER. IT INCLUDES A COMPARTMENTED POWDER ROOM IN WHICH THE FIXTURES ARE DISTRIBUTED AMONG INTERCONNECTED ROOMS. M. "SETBACK REQUIREMENTS" MEANS ANY LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES GOVERNING HOW CLOSE TO A PROPERTY LINE ANY BUILDING MAY BE BUILT. N. "UNIVERSAL DESIGN INCENTIVE" MEANS THE FEE REDUCTIONS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
2. THE SECRETARY SHALL GRANT SUCH NEW BUILDING OR BUILDING ALTERATION PERMIT FEE REDUCTIONS AS HE OR SHE DEEMS SUFFICIENT TO ENCOURAGE THE EXPEDITED DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DWELLING UNITS OR THE SUBSTANTIAL ALTER- ATION OF EXISTING SINGLE AND MULTI-FAMILY DWELLING UNITS THAT ARE TO BE ACCESSIBLE OR ADAPTABLE TO PERSONS WITH EITHER TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. 3. TO QUALIFY FOR THE UNIVERSAL DESIGN INCENTIVE, APPLICATIONS FOR NEW OR SUBSTANTIALLY ALTERED EXISTING SINGLE OR MULTI-FAMILY DWELLING UNITS SHALL CONTAIN AN: A. ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCEWAY AND ACCESSIBLE INTERNAL ROUTE OF TRAVEL. THIS REQUIRES: (I) ONE UNOBSTRUCTED WALKWAY OF AT LEAST THIRTY-SIX INCHES IN WIDTH WITH AN APPROACH SLOPE OF NOT MORE THAN 1CONSUMER PROTECTION FROM THE DRIVEWAY OR PUBLIC SIDEWALK TO THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCEWAY; (II) ONE STEP-FREE ENTRY AT ANY OPENING OF THE DWELLING (FRONT, BACK, SIDE, GARAGE) THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCEWAY; (III) ALL EXTERIOR HINGED DOORS TO BE ACCESSIBLE DOORS WITH A MINIMUM OF THIRTY-TWO INCH INTERNAL CLEARANCE AND WITH NO MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER INCH BEVELED THRESHOLDS AND EQUIPPED OR EASILY REFITTED WITH LEVER-TYPE DOOR HANDLES; (IV) ALL INTERIOR HINGED DOORS WITH LANDINGS TO BE A MINIMUM OF THIR- TY-SIX INCHES WIDE (THIRTY-TWO INCH INTERNAL CLEARANCE) WITH NO MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER INCH BEVELED THRESHOLDS AND EQUIPPED OR EASILY REFITTED WITH LEVER-TYPE DOOR HANDLES; (V) ONE DEDICATED POWER SOURCE AT ALL INTERIOR STAIRS LEADING TO HABI- TABLE SPACE FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE CHAIR LIFT INSTALLATION; AND (VI) AN ACCESSIBLE ROUTE CONNECTING THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCEWAY WITH ALL ACCESSIBLE DWELLING SPACE, INCLUDING THE ACCESSIBLE POWDER ROOM, BATHROOM, KITCHEN, FLEX ROOM OR BEDROOM AND OTHER COMMON USE ROOMS ON THE ACCESSIBLE LEVEL OF THE DWELLING. B. ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM OR FLEX ROOM ON THE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR OF DWELL- ING. THIS REQUIRES: (I) ONE ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM ON THE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR; OR (II) ONE FLEX ROOM ON THE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR. A FLOOR PLAN DESIGN SHALL DEMONSTRATE HOW A COMMON USE ROOM CAN BE CONVERTED INTO A PRIVATE BEDROOM WITHOUT DEMOLITION, EXCEPT FOR THAT WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR INSTALLATION OF A DOOR IN AN EXISTING WALL OPENING. C. ACCESSIBLE OR ADAPTABLE KITCHEN. THIS REQUIRES: (I) ONE ACCESSIBLE OR ADAPTABLE KITCHEN; OR (II) AS DEFINED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL, A KITCHEN THAT PROVIDES ADEQUATE WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AND CIRCULATION WITH ACCESSIBLE LIGHT, VENT, OVEN AND STOVETOP CONTROLS AS WELL AS BREAKAWAY CABINETRY UNDER THE SINK FOR EASE OF FUTURE MODIFICATION FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY. D. ACCESSIBLE BATHROOM OR ADAPTABLE POWDER ROOM ON THE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR. THIS REQUIRES: (I) AN INTERIOR SIXTY INCH CLEAR TURNING RADIUS; (II) A WALL BLOCKING FOR FUTURE GRAB BARS; (III) FAUCETS TO BE LEVER-TYPE AND PREFERABLY SINGLE LEVER OR ARE EASILY REFITTED AS SUCH; AND (IV) EITHER: (A) A STEP-FREE TUB OR ROLL-IN SHOWER WITH WALL BLOCKING AND GRAB BARS; OR (B) SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR FUTURE ACCESSIBLE SHOWER OR ACCESSIBLE BATH THAT DOES NOT ENCROACH ON THE REQUIRED SIXTY INCH TURNING RADIUS. ADAPTABLE PLUMBING SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR THE FUTURE INSTALLATION OF A
STEP-FREE TUB OR ROLL-IN SHOWER, BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR AND WALLS AND CAPPED-OFF FOR FUTURE USE. 4. A. AN EXEMPTION FROM ANY SETBACK REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE GRANTED FOR ANY ALTERATIONS, SUCH AS AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT-COMPLIANT WHEELCHAIR RAMPS, FOR EXISTING DWELLINGS THAT PROVIDE ONE ACCESSIBLE ENTRYWAY FOR PERSONS WITH QUALIFYING DISABILITIES. B. SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL BE GRANTED ONLY WHEN THE BUILDING OFFICIAL DETERMINES THAT NO PRACTICAL AND CONFORMING ACCESSIBLE PATHWAY TO ANY ENTRYWAY EXISTS. C. SUCH EXEMPTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY HISTORIC AND/OR CULTURAL PLACE OR PROPERTY OR ANY REGISTERED PROPERTY AS THOSE TERMS ARE DEFINED BY SECTION SIXTY-ONE OF THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS LAW, OR ANY HISTORIC DISTRICT AS DEFINED BY SECTION ONE HUNDRED NINETEEN-BB OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW; PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT EXEMPTIONS FOR SUCH PROPERTIES MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL UPON REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMMISSIONER OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVA- TION. 5. EXEMPTIONS FROM CERTAIN DIMENSIONAL REGULATIONS AND LOT COVERAGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE MINIMUM ADDITIONAL LIVING AREA REQUIRED SHALL BE GRANTED TO PROVIDE: A. ONE ACCESSIBLE BATHROOM OR ADAPTABLE BATHROOM THAT IS ACCESSED FROM THE ACCESSIBLE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR LIVING AREA AND FROM BOTH THE ACCESSI- BLE ENTRYWAY OF THE DWELLING UNIT AND THE ACCESSIBLE INTERIOR ROUTE OF TRAVEL; AND B. ONE ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM OR FLEX ROOM WHICH IS ACCESSED FROM THE ACCESSIBLE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR LIVING AREA AND FROM THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRY- WAY OF THE DWELLING UNIT AND THE ACCESSIBLE INTERIOR ROUTE OF TRAVEL. 6. A. AN EXEMPTION OF FIFTY SQUARE FEET FROM DIMENSIONAL REQUIREMENTS (INCLUDING BUILDING SETBACK REQUIREMENTS) AND LOT COVERAGE RESTRICTIONS SHALL BE GRANTED FOR ANY LIVING AREA WHICH EQUALS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT WHICH IS NEEDED TO CONSTRUCT A MINIMUM SIZED POWDER ROOM AND AN ADAPTABLE OR ACCESSIBLE BATHROOM. B. AN EXEMPTION OF ONE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET FROM DIMENSIONAL REQUIRE- MENTS (INCLUDING BUILDING SETBACK REQUIREMENTS) AND LOT COVERAGE RESTRICTIONS SHALL BE GRANTED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ANY ADDITIONAL LIVING AREA ON THE GROUND/FIRST FLOOR THAT CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL AS A 10'X10' ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM OR FLEX ROOM. THE ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM OR FLEX ROOM SHALL NOT PRECLUDE THE CONTINUED USE OF GROUND/FIRST FLOOR LIVING AREAS CUSTOMARILY KNOWN AS THE LIVING, DINING OR KITCHEN COMMON USE AREAS. C. TO QUALIFY FOR THE EXEMPTION SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH B OF THIS SUBDIVISION, APPLICANTS MUST APPLY CONCURRENTLY FOR THE EXEMPTION SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVISION. D. PURSUANT TO THE EXEMPTIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SUBDIVISION, FRONT AND REAR EXTERIOR WALLS MAY ENCROACH INTO MINIMUM BUILDING SETBACK LINES BY A MAXIMUM OF FIVE FEET FOR A TOTAL OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY SQUARE FEET WHEN BOTH A GROUND FLOOR ACCESSIBLE BATHROOM AND FLEX ROOM ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE PLAN DOCUMENTS AND APPROVED BY THE BUILDING OFFICIAL. 7. ANY EXEMPTIONS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE APPLIED TO ANY NEW OR SUBSTANTIALLY RENOVATED DWELLING UNITS THAT ARE OTHERWISE REQUIRED TO BE ACCESSIBLE PURSUANT TO ANY OTHER NEW YORK STATE OR LOCAL LAW OR REGULATION INCLUDING THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. 8. ANY EXEMPTIONS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE APPLIED TO BUILDING APPLICATIONS FOR DWELLING UNITS OVER TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SQUARE FEET.
9. EXEMPTION FROM DIMENSIONAL AND LOT COVERAGE REQUIREMENTS SHALL NOT APPLY TO PRE-EXISTING NON-CONFORMING DWELLING UNITS AND NON-CONFORMING LOTS UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY THE LOCAL ZONING APPEALS OFFICER. SUCH APPLI- CATIONS SHALL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT CHARGE BY SUCH AGENT. 10. APPLICATION FEES MAY BE REDUCED FOR APPLICATIONS TO ALTER EXISTING DWELLING UNITS THAT DEMONSTRATE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE BUILDING OFFICIAL THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE FOUR REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SUBDI- VISION THREE OF THIS SECTION IS IMPRACTICABLE DUE TO CONSTRAINTS WHICH ARE NOT SELF-IMPOSED. S 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2011; provided, however, that effective immediately, the department of state may prescribe such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act.

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