|SAME AS||SAME AS S05143-A|
|COSPNSR||Fahy, Woerner, Ryan, McDonald, Gunther, Palmesano, Raia, Titone, Ortiz, Murray, Lupardo|
|MLTSPNSR||Crouch, DiPietro, Galef, Simon|
|Amd §970-r, Gen Muni L|
|Relates to the brownfield opportunity area program.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7970--A 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY June 2, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. BRINDISI, FAHY, WOERNER, KAMINSKY, RYAN, McDO- NALD, GUNTHER, PALMESANO, RAIA, TITONE, ORTIZ, MURRAY, LUPARDO -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CROUCH, DiPIETRO, SIMON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the brownfield opportunity area program The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Paragraph d of subdivision 1 of section 970-r of the gener- 2 al municipal law, as amended by section 1 of part F of chapter 577 of 3 the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: 4 d. "Brownfield" or "brownfield site" shall have the same meaning as 5 set forth in section 27-1405 of the environmental conservation law. 6 § 2. The subdivision heading of subdivision 2 of section 970-r of the 7 general municipal law, as added by section 1 of part F of chapter 1 of 8 the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: 9 [ State] Until July first, two thousand seventeen, state assistance in 10 accordance with this subdivision will be available for pre-nomination 11 study for brownfield opportunity areas. 12 § 3. Paragraphs a, b, and i of subdivision 3 of section 970-r of the 13 general municipal law, paragraph a as amended by section 28 of part BB 14 of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015 and paragraphs b and i as amended by 15 chapter 390 of the laws of 2008, are amended, and a new paragraph j is 16 added to read as follows: 17 a. Within the limits of appropriations therefor, the secretary is 18 authorized to provide, on a competitive basis, financial assistance to 19 municipalities, to community based organizations, to community boards, 20 or to municipalities and community based organizations acting in cooper- EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10755-06-6A. 7970--A 2 1 ation to prepare a nomination for designation of a brownfield opportu- 2 nity area. Such financial assistance shall not exceed ninety percent of 3 the costs of such nomination for any such area. A nomination study must 4 include sufficient information to designate the brownfield opportunity 5 area. [ The contents of the nomination study shall be developed based on6 pre-nomination study information, which shall principally consist of an7 area-wide study, documenting the historic brownfield uses in the area8 proposed for designation.] 9 b. An application for such financial assistance shall include an indi- 10 cation of support from owners of brownfield sites in the proposed brown- 11 field opportunity area, or alternatively, documentation of requests for 12 such support consisting of at least two means of outreach together with 13 any responses to such requests. All residents and property owners in 14 the proposed brownfield opportunity area shall receive notice of the 15 application for assistance in such form and manner as the secretary 16 shall prescribe. 17 i. [ Following] For applications for assistance submitted to the 18 department before July first, two thousand seventeen, following notifi- 19 cation to the applicant that assistance has been awarded, and prior to 20 disbursement of funds, a contract shall be executed between the depart- 21 ment and the applicant or co-applicants. The secretary shall establish 22 terms and conditions for such contracts as the secretary deems appropri- 23 ate, including provisions to define: applicant's work scope, work sched- 24 ule, and deliverables; fiscal reports on budgeted and actual use of 25 funds expended; and requirements for submission of a final fiscal 26 report. The contract shall also require the distribution of work 27 products to the department, and, for community based organizations, to 28 the applicant's municipality. Applicants shall be required to make the 29 results publicly available. [ Such contract shall further include a30 provision providing that if] 31 j. For applications for assistance submitted on or after July first, 32 two thousand seventeen, following notification to the applicant that 33 assistance has been awarded, and prior to disbursement of funds, the 34 applicant or applicants shall submit for approval by the secretary a 35 proposed nomination work plan. The nomination work plan shall include 36 work scope, work schedule, and deliverables, including fiscal reports on 37 budgeted and actual use of funds expended, and the anticipated date for 38 submission of a final nomination for designation. The work plan shall 39 also require the distribution of work products to the department and, 40 for community based organizations, to the applicant's municipality. 41 Within ninety days of receipt of a proposed work plan or revised work 42 plan, the department shall either approve the work plan or provide the 43 applicant or applicants with a written notice of deficiency, which shall 44 include a detailed description of what further elements are required to 45 revise the work plan. Applicants shall be required to make all work 46 products publicly available. 47 k. If any responsible party payments become available to the appli- 48 cant, the amount of such payments attributable to expenses paid by the 49 award shall be paid to the department by the applicant; provided that 50 the applicant may first apply such responsible party payments toward any 51 actual project costs incurred by the applicant. 52 § 4. Subdivision 4 of section 970-r of the general municipal law, as 53 amended by section 29 of part BB of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015, is 54 amended to read as follows: 55 4. Designation of brownfield opportunity area. a. Upon completion of a 56 nomination for designation of a brownfield opportunity area, it shall beA. 7970--A 3 1 forwarded by the applicant to the secretary, who shall determine whether 2 it is consistent with the provisions of this section. The secretary may 3 review and approve a nomination for designation of a brownfield opportu- 4 nity area at any time. If the secretary determines that the nomination 5 is consistent with the provisions of this section, the brownfield oppor- 6 tunity area shall be designated. If the secretary determines that the 7 nomination is not consistent with the provisions of this section, the 8 secretary shall make recommendations in writing to the applicant of the 9 manner and nature in which the nomination should be amended. The secre- 10 tary shall make a determination pursuant to this subdivision within 11 ninety days of receipt of a nomination. 12 b. As an alternative means of designation, a municipality may, at any 13 time after the secretary has received a completed nomination for desig- 14 nation, designate a brownfield opportunity area by formally adopting the 15 nominated brownfield opportunity area plan as part of the municipality's 16 comprehensive plan following a determination by the municipal planning 17 board, noticed to the secretary, that the nomination is consistent with 18 the provisions of this article. Such planning board's determination and 19 the municipality's designation based on such determination shall be null 20 and void and of no force and effect if within thirty days of the deter- 21 mination of the planning board the secretary provides written notice and 22 findings to the municipality that the secretary has determined that the 23 nomination is not consistent with the provisions of this article. 24 § 5. Subdivision 6 of section 970-r of the general municipal law, as 25 added by section 1 of part F of chapter 1 of the laws of 2003, paragraph 26 a and subparagraphs 2 and 5 of paragraph e as amended by section 30 of 27 part BB of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015 and paragraph h as amended by 28 section 1 of part F of chapter 577 of the laws of 2004, is amended to 29 read as follows: 30 6. State assistance for brownfield site assessments and implementation 31 activities in brownfield opportunity areas. a. Within the limits of 32 appropriations therefor, the secretary [ of state,] is authorized to 33 provide, on a competitive basis, financial assistance to municipalities, 34 to community based organizations, to community boards, or to munici- 35 palities and community based organizations acting in cooperation to 36 conduct brownfield site assessments. Such financial assistance shall not 37 exceed ninety percent of the costs of such brownfield site assessment. 38 [ b.] Brownfield sites eligible for such assistance must be owned by a 39 municipality, or volunteer as such term is defined in section 27-1405 of 40 the environmental conservation law. 41 [ c.] Brownfield site assessment activities eligible for funding 42 include, but are not limited to, testing of properties to determine the 43 nature and extent of the contamination (including soil and groundwater), 44 environmental assessments, the development of a proposed remediation 45 strategy to address any identified contamination, and any other activ- 46 ities deemed appropriate by the commissioner in consultation with the 47 secretary of state. Any environmental assessment shall be subject to the 48 review and approval of such commissioner. 49 [ d.] Applications for such assistance for site assessment shall be 50 submitted to both the secretary and the commissioner in a format, and 51 containing such information, as prescribed by the commissioner in 52 consultation with the secretary [ of state]. 53 b. Within the limits of appropriations therefor, the secretary is 54 authorized to provide, on a competitive basis, financial assistance to 55 municipalities, to community based organizations, to community boards, 56 or to municipalities and community based organizations acting in cooper-A. 7970--A 4 1 ation to conduct implementation activities in a brownfield opportunity 2 area designated pursuant to this section. Such financial assistance 3 shall not exceed ninety percent of the costs of such activities. Imple- 4 mentation activities eligible for funding include but are not limited 5 to, demolition, asbestos removal, financial analysis, infrastructure 6 improvement, design, landscaping, environmental assessment, and enhance- 7 ment or addition of public amenities. Applications for such assistance 8 shall provide a description of the proposed activity or activities 9 sufficient to demonstrate anticipated costs and how the proposed activ- 10 ity or activities advances the goals and objectives of the brownfield 11 opportunity plan. 12 [ e] c. Funding preferences [ shall be given to applications] for [ such] 13 assistance pursuant to this subdivision shall be given to applications 14 that relate to areas having one or more of the following character- 15 istics: 16 (1) areas for which the application is a partnered application by a 17 municipality and a community based organization; 18 (2) areas with concentrations of known or suspected brownfield sites; 19 (3) areas for which the application demonstrates support from a muni- 20 cipality and a community based organization; 21 (4) areas showing indicators of economic distress including low resi- 22 dent incomes, high unemployment, high commercial vacancy rates, 23 depressed property values; and 24 (5) areas with known or suspected brownfield sites presenting strate- 25 gic opportunities to stimulate economic development, community revitali- 26 zation or the siting of public amenities. 27 [ f] d. The [ commissioner] secretary, upon the receipt of an applica- 28 tion for such assistance from a community based organization not in 29 cooperation with the local government having jurisdiction over the 30 proposed brownfield opportunity area, shall request the municipal 31 government to review and state the municipal government's support or 32 lack of support. The municipal government's statement shall be consid- 33 ered a part of the application. 34 [ g] e. Prior to making an award for assistance, the [ commissioner] 35 secretary shall notify the temporary president of the senate and the 36 speaker of the assembly. 37 [ h] f. Following notification to the applicant that assistance has 38 been awarded, and prior to disbursement of funds[ , a contract shall be39 executed between the department and the applicant or co-applicants. The40 commissioner shall establish terms and conditions for such contracts as41 the commissioner deems appropriate in consultation with the secretary of42 state, including provisions to define: applicant's], the applicant or 43 applicants shall submit a proposed implementation work plan to the 44 department and receive approval for such work plan. The work plan shall 45 include work scope, work schedule, and deliverables[ ;], including fiscal 46 reports on budgeted and actual use of funds expended[ ;], and [ require-47 ments] the anticipated date for submission of a final [ fiscal] report. 48 The [ contract] work plan shall also require the distribution of work 49 products to the department, and, for community based organizations, to 50 the applicant's municipality. Within sixty days of receipt of a 51 proposed work plan or revised work plan, the department shall either 52 approve the work plan or provide the applicant or applicants with a 53 notice of deficiency, which shall include a detailed description of what 54 further elements are required to revise the work plan. Applicants shall 55 be required to make [ the results] all work products publicly available. 56 [ Such contract shall further include a provision providing that if]A. 7970--A 5 1 g. If any responsible party payments become available to the appli- 2 cant, the amount of such payments attributable to expenses paid by the 3 award shall be paid to the department by the applicant; provided that 4 the applicant may first apply such responsible party payments towards 5 actual project costs incurred by the applicant. 6 § 6. Subdivision 7 of section 970-r of the general municipal law, as 7 amended by chapter 390 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as 8 follows: 9 7. Amendments to designated area. Any proposed amendment to a brown- 10 field opportunity area [ designated pursuant to this section] or brown- 11 field opportunity area plan shall be [ proposed] submitted to, and 12 reviewed by the secretary[ , in the same manner and using the same crite-13 ria set forth in this section and applicable to an initial nomination14 for the designation of a brownfield opportunity area]. The secretary 15 shall promulgate rules that contain criteria and timeframes for review 16 and approval of amendments. 17 § 7. Subdivision 8 of section 970-r of the general municipal law, as 18 added by section 1 of part F of chapter 1 of the laws of 2003, is 19 amended to read as follows: 20 8. Applications. a. All applications for [ pre-nomination study] 21 assistance [ or applications] and nominations for designation of a brown- 22 field opportunity area shall demonstrate that the following community 23 participation activities have been or will be performed by the appli- 24 cant: 25 (1) identification of the interested public and preparation of a 26 contact list; 27 (2) identification of major issues of public concern; 28 (3) provision [ to] for access to [ the draft and final] any application 29 for [ pre-nomination] assistance and nomination for brownfield opportu- 30 nity area designation and supporting documents in a manner convenient to 31 the public; 32 (4) public notice and newspaper notice of (i) the intent of the muni- 33 cipality and/or community based organization to [ undertake a pre-nomina-34 tion process or prepare] seek assistance for or nominate a brownfield 35 opportunity area [ plan], and (ii) the availability of such application. 36 b. Application for nomination of a brownfield opportunity area shall 37 provide the following minimum community participation activities: 38 (1) a comment period of at least thirty days on a draft application; 39 (2) a public meeting on a brownfield opportunity area draft applica- 40 tion. 41 § 8. Subdivision 10 of section 970-r of the general municipal law, as 42 added by section 31 of part BB of chapter 56 of the laws of 2015, is 43 amended to read as follows: 44 10. [ The] By December thirty-first, two thousand seventeen, the secre- 45 tary shall establish criteria for brownfield opportunity area conform- 46 ance determinations for purposes of the brownfield redevelopment tax 47 credit component pursuant to clause (ii) of subparagraph (B) of para- 48 graph [ (5)] five of subdivision (a) of section twenty-one of the tax 49 law. In establishing criteria, the secretary shall be guided by, but not 50 limited to, the following considerations: how the proposed use and 51 development advances the designated brownfield opportunity area plan's 52 vision statement, goals and objectives for revitalization; how the 53 density of development and associated buildings and structures advances 54 the plan's objectives, desired redevelopment and priorities for invest- 55 ment; and how the project complies with zoning and other local laws and 56 standards to guide and ensure appropriate use of the project site.A. 7970--A 6 1 § 9. Section 970-r of the general municipal law is amended by adding a 2 new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 3 11. By December thirty-first, two thousand seventeen, the secretary 4 shall establish criteria for determining consistency with this section 5 for purposes of brownfield opportunity area designations. In establish- 6 ing criteria, the secretary shall be guided by, but not limited to, the 7 following considerations: how adequately the nomination describes the 8 current status of the brownfield opportunity area, whether the nomi- 9 nation presents an attainable and realistic plan for revitalization, and 10 whether the plan is supported by the community. 11 § 10. This act shall take effect immediately.