senate Bill S2425

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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S2425 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Lands Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2-c, Pub Lds L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S5683

S2425 - Bill Texts

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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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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2425

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04601-01-1

S. 2425                             2

  (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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