The city strives to distribute facilities equitably under a process called “Fair Share,” but low-income communities are overburdened with certain types of facilities, such as waste transfer stations. Fair Share’s public disclosure tool—the Citywide Statement of Needs and its accompanying map—does not contain enough information geographic data to inform communities about facilities and where how communities compare to others. This bill would create an online mapping tool of city facilities subject to Fair Share as well as other facilities of interest to communities, including 1) federal and state health and social services facilities; and 2) private transportation and waste management facilities. Data used to create the mapping tool would be fully accessible to users for searches, content downloads and comparing community districts based on their relative concentrations of mapped facilities by use or type. Confidential information under state or federal law would be exempt from this bill.
Int. No. 345
By Council Members Rose and Lander
A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to creating an interactive online mapping tool of facilities required to be mapped in conjunction with the citywide statement of needs
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subdivision d of section 204 of the New York city charter, as amended by vote of the electors on November 2, 2010, is amended to read as follows:
d. The statement of needs shall be accompanied by an online facility mapping tool developed pursuant to section 207. [a map together with explanatory text, indicating (1) the location and current use of all city-owned real property, (2) all final commitments relating to the disposition or future use of city-owned real property, including assignments by the department of citywide administrative services pursuant to clause b of subdivision three of section sixteen hundred two, and (3) to the extent such information is available to the city, (i) the location of health and social service facilities operated by the state of New York or the federal government or pursuant to written agreement on behalf of the state or the federal government; and (ii) the location of transportation or waste management facilities operated by public entities or by private entities pursuant to written agreements with public entities, or by other private entities that provide comparable services. Information which can be presented most effectively in text may be presented in this manner. In addition to being transmitted with the statement of needs pursuant to subdivision a of this section, such map shall be kept on file with the department of city planning and shall be available for public inspection and copying.] The [map] mapping tool shall be updated on at least an annual basis to coincide with the timing prescribed in subdivision a of this section for the mayor’s submission of the citywide statement of needs.
§ 2. Chapter 8 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 207 to read as follows:
§ 207. Online facility mapping tool. a. Facilities to be mapped. The department of city planning shall provide to the public at no charge on its website an interactive online mapping tool with explanatory textual and visual overlays indicating the specific locations, addresses and current or planned use of the following:
1. All city-owned real property;
2. All final commitments relating to the disposition or future use of city-owned real property, including assignments by the department of citywide administrative services pursuant to subdivision (b) of section 824;
3. City facilities subject to the criteria established under section 203, including any city facilities that are subject to the criteria but not subject to sections 195 or 197-c;
4. Health and social service facilities operated by the state of New York, by the federal government and pursuant to a written agreement on behalf of the state of New York or the federal government;
5. Transportation or waste management facilities operated by public entities, by private entities pursuant to written agreements with public entities and by other private entities that provide comparable services;
6. New city facilities and all significant expansions of city facilities for which the mayor or an agency intends to make or to propose an expenditure or to select or propose a site during the ensuing two fiscal years; and
7. City facilities that the city plans to close or to reduce significantly in size or in capacity for service delivery during the ensuing two fiscal years.
b. Accessibility. The mapping tool shall be publicly accessible 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
c. Designation of facility uses. For each mapped facility, the department of city planning shall indicate with textual and visual overlays all applicable current and proposed uses based on:
1. Designations constituting one or more of the types of facilities contained in the illustrative listing in attachments A, B and C to the criteria for the location of city facilities as adopted pursuant to section 203;
2. The use codes and types used by the department of citywide administrative services to categorize city owned and leased properties; and
3. If the type or use of a mapped facility is unknown, it shall be marked temporarily as unknown until the department obtains such information.
d. Guide to facility uses. The webpage containing the mapping tool, or a webpage available through a prominently displayed link on such webpage, shall provide a brief guide describing each of the designated facility types and uses included on the mapping tool pursuant to subdivision c of this section.
e. Facility concentrations by community district. For each community district, the department of city planning shall determine the relative concentrations of mapped facilities by each use designated pursuant to subdivision c of this section. Relative concentrations shall be based on the ratio of facility capacity per thousand population in each community district, and, if the type of facility in question targets or serves a particular segment of the population, based on the ratio of facility capacity per thousand of such population.
f. Interactivity. The mapping tool shall permit unique users to search for and visually highlight any user-specified category or categories of facilities within or among one or multiple community districts based on facility type, use and relative concentration levels. Additional interactive functions shall be assessed by the department of city planning on an annual basis.
g. Open data. The webpage that contains the mapping tool, or a webpage available through a prominently displayed link on such webpage, shall provide mapping data in a non-proprietary format that permits automated downloading and processing.
h. Updates. The department of city planning shall update the online mapping tool at least annually to coincide with the timing prescribed in subdivision a of section 204 for the mayor’s submission of the citywide statement of needs.
i. Confidentiality. No information that is otherwise required to be reported or mapped pursuant to this section shall be done in a manner that would violate any applicable provision of federal, state or local law relating to the confidentiality of information or that would interfere with law enforcement investigations or otherwise conflict with the interests of law enforcement.
§ 3. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.
PLS - PLS
LS 5125/Int. 1495-2017