Bill Text: NY A05035 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the empire state development corporation to create a plan regarding multi-use trails in consultation with the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation, the department of environmental conservation, the department of health and the department of transportation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-06 - referred to economic development [A05035 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05035-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          5035
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 6, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M. of A. FAHY -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Economic Development
        AN ACT to require the empire state development corporation to  create  a
          plan regarding multi-use trails
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. (a) For the purposes  of  this  act,  the  term  "multi-use
     2  trail"  shall  mean  an  off-street  linear  facility for recreation and
     3  transportation, paved or unpaved, designated to serve multiple types  of
     4  users,  including,  but not limited to, bicyclists, pedestrians, in-line
     5  skaters, joggers, cross-country skiers or equestrians.
     6    (b) The empire state development corporation shall create a plan for a
     7  comprehensive statewide system  of  multi-use  trails  consisting  of  a
     8  network  of  primary  corridors  linked  to and enhanced by regional and
     9  local multi-use trails. The draft plan shall be completed one year after
    10  this act becomes a law. The empire state development  corporation  shall
    11  consult  concurrently  with  representatives  from  the office of parks,
    12  recreation and historic preservation, the  department  of  environmental
    13  conservation, the department of health and the department of transporta-
    14  tion  to  create  such  plan.  A  representative of each agency shall be
    15  appointed by the commissioner of their  respective  agency.  The  empire
    16  state  development  corporation  shall  meet with the representatives of
    17  such agencies at least quarterly.   There shall be  a  sixty-day  public
    18  comment period on such draft plan and there shall be at least one public
    19  hearing  on  the draft plan during such sixty-day public comment period.
    20  The final plan shall be completed and adopted one  hundred  eighty  days
    21  after  submission  of  the draft plan. The plan shall be updated no less
    22  than every five years. Such plan shall include five major components:
    23    (i) A vision for a statewide network of primary  corridors  linked  to
    24  and  enhanced by regional and local multi-use trails, which will include
    25  trail uses to be addressed in the plan; goals  for  geographic  distrib-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09167-01-9

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     1  ution;  goals  for  universal  accessibility;  and general goals for new
     2  trail acquisition and development.
     3    (ii)  A  Geographic  Information  System  (GIS)  inventory of existing
     4  multi-use trails across the state, as well as planned multi-use  trails,
     5  or  undeveloped  corridors  under  consideration  for  future  multi-use
     6  trails.
     7    (iii) Identification of new multi-use trail  opportunities  including,
     8  but  not  limited  to, transportation (rail, canal, trolley) corridors -
     9  existing, abandoned or under consideration to be  abandoned;  under-uti-
    10  lized  or  closed roads; utility corridors and natural corridors such as
    11  waterways and waterfronts.
    12    (iv) A comprehensive set of multi-use trail recommendations, including
    13  but not limited to acquisition and  development  priorities;  guidelines
    14  for  design  and  maintenance  of  different  "tier" (primary, regional,
    15  local) multi-use trails; guidelines for wayfinding, marketing and inter-
    16  pretive  signs  and  informational  resources,  such  as  statewide  and
    17  regional  maps  of existing multi-use trails, to promote the use of such
    18  trails and their coordination with other tourism  opportunities  in  New
    19  York state.
    20    (v) Recommendations for funding the acquisition, construction, mainte-
    21  nance, and promotion of multi-use trails as well as implementation.
    22    (c)  The  office  of  parks, recreation and historic preservation, the
    23  department of environmental conservation, the department of health,  the
    24  department  of transportation and any other state agencies, departments,
    25  public authorities or programs  with  relevant  expertise  or  resources
    26  shall provide the empire state development corporation with such facili-
    27  ties,  assistance,  and data as will enable the empire state development
    28  corporation to carry out its powers and duties. The empire state  devel-
    29  opment  corporation  will have primary responsibility for implementation
    30  of the plan created pursuant to the provisions of this act, provided the
    31  costs of implementation have been  appropriated  or  identified  by  the
    32  chairperson of the empire state development corporation.
    33    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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