Bill Text: NY S04416 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

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

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-20 - returned to senate [S04416 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04416-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK

            Cal. No. 1187

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                     March 11, 2019

        Introduced  by  Sens. KAPLAN, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed,
          and when printed to be committed to  the  Committee  on  Corporations,
          Authorities  and  Commissions  --  committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and  recommitted  to  said  committee  --
          reported  favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee
          on Finance -- committee discharged and  said  bill  committed  to  the
          Committee  on Rules -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

        AN ACT to require the office of parks, recreation and historic preserva-
          tion to create a plan regarding non-motorized 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 "non-motorized
     2  multi-use trail" shall mean an off-street linear facility for recreation
     3  and transportation, paved or unpaved, designated to serve multiple types
     4  of non-motorized users,  including,  but  not  limited  to,  bicyclists,
     5  pedestrians, in-line skaters, joggers, cross-country skiers or equestri-
     6  ans.
     7    (b)  The office of parks, recreation and historic preservation, or for
     8  purposes of this act, the "office", shall create a plan for a comprehen-
     9  sive statewide system of non-motorized multi-use trails consisting of  a
    10  network  of  non-motorized  primary  corridors linked to and enhanced by
    11  regional and local non-motorized multi-use trails. The draft plan  shall
    12  be  completed  one  year  after this act becomes a law. The office shall
    13  consult concurrently with representatives from the department  of  envi-
    14  ronmental  conservation,  the department of health and the department of
    15  transportation to create such plan.  A  representative  of  each  agency
    16  shall  be  appointed by the commissioner of their respective agency. The
    17  office shall meet with the representatives of  such  agencies  at  least
    18  quarterly.    There  shall  be a sixty-day public comment period on such
    19  draft plan and there shall be at least one public hearing on  the  draft

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

        S. 4416--B                          2

     1  plan  during  such sixty-day public comment period. The final plan shall
     2  be completed and adopted one hundred eighty days after submission of the
     3  draft plan. The plan shall be updated no less  than  every  five  years.
     4  Such plan shall include five major components:
     5    (i)  A  vision for a statewide network of non-motorized primary corri-
     6  dors linked to and enhanced by regional and local  non-motorized  multi-
     7  use  trails,  which will include trail uses to be addressed in the plan;
     8  goals for geographic distribution; goals  for  universal  accessibility;
     9  and general goals for new trail acquisition and development.
    10    (ii)  A Geographic Information System (GIS) inventory of existing non-
    11  motorized multi-use trails across the state, as well as planned  non-mo-
    12  torized  multi-use  trails, or undeveloped corridors under consideration
    13  for future non-motorized multi-use trails.
    14    (iii) Identification of new  non-motorized  multi-use  trail  opportu-
    15  nities including, but not limited to, transportation (rail, canal, trol-
    16  ley)  corridors - existing, abandoned or under consideration to be aban-
    17  doned; under-utilized or closed roads;  utility  corridors  and  natural
    18  corridors such as waterways and waterfronts.
    19    (iv)  A comprehensive set of non-motorized multi-use trail recommenda-
    20  tions, including but not limited to acquisition and development  priori-
    21  ties;  guidelines for design and maintenance of different "tier" (prima-
    22  ry, regional, local)  non-motorized  multi-use  trails;  guidelines  for
    23  wayfinding,   marketing   and   interpretive   signs  and  informational
    24  resources, such as statewide and regional maps of existing non-motorized
    25  multi-use trails, to promote the use of such trails  and  their  coordi-
    26  nation with other tourism opportunities in New York state.
    27    (v) Recommendations for funding the acquisition, construction, mainte-
    28  nance, and promotion of non-motorized multi-use trails as well as imple-
    29  mentation.
    30    (c)  The  department  of environmental conservation, the department of
    31  health, the department of transportation and any other  state  agencies,
    32  departments,  public  authorities or programs with relevant expertise or
    33  resources shall provide the office with such facilities, assistance, and
    34  data as will enable the office to carry out its powers and  duties.  The
    35  office  will  have primary responsibility for implementation of the plan
    36  created pursuant to the provisions of this act, provided  the  costs  of
    37  implementation  have been appropriated or identified by the commissioner
    38  of the office.
    39    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.