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Comprehensive management plan
Executive (EXC) CHAPTER 18, ARTICLE 46
§ 966. Comprehensive management plan. 1. The purpose of the plan is to
make recommendations to integrate and coordinate existing programs and
studies; mitigate pollution; balance preservation, recreation and
economic development; protect appropriate existing investment; and
protect the natural resources. The plan shall include but not be limited
to the following, to the extent possible, considering financial
resources and technological limitations:

(a) A statement of the public value of the reserve, including its
ecological, economic, social, hydrologic and educational values,
together with the general goals and objectives of the plan;

(b) A map and written description delineating the boundary of the

(c) An estimate of the economic value of the commercial and
recreational industry and the tourism industry dependent upon the

(d) An inventory of all public lands and lands available for public
use within the reserve specifying use, facilities and trails for public
use, and the management agency with jurisdiction over the property;

(e) Identification of inventories compiled by the department pursuant
to section nine hundred twenty of article forty-two of this chapter,
including significant natural areas, historic sites, agricultural lands
and water dependent areas;

(f) An identification and evaluation of existing regulatory and
management programs, as well as all agencies having any jurisdiction
within the reserve which affect land use and activities within the

(g) An evaluation of land use and zoning within the reserve and their
actual or potential effects on water quality and productivity of the

(h) An inventory of point sources of pollution and an assessment of
nonpoint sources of pollution, including suggested strategies for

(i) An identification of areas containing contaminated sediments and
sources that are contributing significantly to the decline of water
quality and that need special attention;

(j) An assessment of trends in water quality within the reserve;

(k) An assessment of dredging and navigation needs in the South Shore
Estuary taking into account environmental impact and public safety;

(l) Management recommendations for the preservation of plant, fish and
wildlife and their habitats;

(m) Management recommendations for protection and management of
dedicated public land;

(n) Management recommendations for protecting and supporting
indigenous economic activities such as aquaculture, finfishing,
shellfishing, boating and tourism;

(o) Recommendations for increased enforcement of laws and regulations
pertaining to preservation and management of resources;

(p) Identification of environmentally sensitive land suitable for
acquisition and dedication for public uses;

(q) Recommendations for institutional arrangements to coordinate and
improve management of land and water resources, to maximize efficiency
such as coordinating review pursuant to article eight of the
environmental conservation law and article forty-two of this chapter,
and to adopt uniform policies among agencies where appropriate;

(r) Recommendations for land use management as it relates to
maintenance or enhancement of surface water quality and the resources
within the reserve, including changes in zoning and restrictions on
activities where appropriate within the reserve;

(s) Recommendations for best management practices for private and
public landowners to minimize chemical pollution, sedimentation and

(t) Recommendations for management of commercial, recreational and
tourism activities that may threaten sensitive habitats;

(u) Strategies to resolve conflicts among competing demands of the
resources and to achieve a balance among economic and recreational
activities and preservation of natural resources;

(v) An identification of policies, land use controls and management
measures that should be incorporated into the state coastal management
program and local waterfront revitalization programs adopted pursuant to
article forty-two of this chapter; and

(w) A local participation plan, which describes how local citizens,
officials and members of the tourism, fishing and marine industries will
participate in the implementation of the management plan and which
contains a statement identifying support for such program by the
participating local governments.

2. Within one hundred eighty days after the appointments to the
council have been made, the council shall adopt a statement of goals and
objectives; adopt a map and boundaries of the South Shore Estuary
Reserve for purposes of this article and develop a work plan which shall
include a timetable to guide the progress of its compliance with this
article. Within such time period, the council shall also hold two public
scoping sessions, one in Nassau county and one in Suffolk county for the
development of the plan.

The council shall hold at least two public hearings at different
locations, one in Nassau county and one in Suffolk county within the
reserve on the draft plan before adoption. The council shall adopt a
final plan within four years of the effective date of this article
unless insufficient funding is made available or obtained through
appropriations, grants or gifts. The adopted plan shall be submitted to
each town and village within the reserve, the county executive of the
county of Nassau, the county executive of the county of Suffolk, and to
the governor and the legislature.

3. The council shall continue to convene to fulfill its duties
pursuant to subdivisions eleven, twelve, thirteen and fourteen of
section nine hundred sixty-four-b of this article.