This bill would require the Department of Transportation, or any other relevant agency, to provide notice and opportunity for council members, community boards and business improvement districts to provide comments before the department proceeds with eliminating a vehicular traffic lane or parking for 500 continuous feet or three continuous blocks of street usage for at least a week.
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Int. No. 887
By Council Members Gjonaj, Moya, Cumbo, Holden, Koslowitz, Deutsch, Espinal, Salamanca, Diaz, Koo and Yeger
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to providing notice and an opportunity for comment before implementing a major traffic change
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-101.7 to read as follows:
§ 19-101.7 Notice for major traffic changes. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Affected. The term “affected” means having the proposed major traffic change, in whole or in part, in the district of the applicable community board, council member, or business improvement district.
Major traffic change. The term “major traffic change” means any discretionary action taken by the department or any other agency that eliminates one or more lanes for the use of vehicular traffic or parking, for at least four hours per day for at least one week, along three or more consecutive blocks, or 500 consecutive feet of street, whichever is less. Any rule proposed or adopted pursuant to chapter 45 of the charter is not a major traffic change.
b. Notice requirement. Before implementing a major traffic change, the implementing agency shall provide a description of such project to the affected council member, community board and business improvement district by electronic mail. Such description shall include, at a minimum, the proposal’s geographic limits, description and justification and a map showing the streets affected by such proposal.
c. Response. Any affected council member, community board, or business improvement district may submit recommendations or comments to the agency within 10 days of receiving notice pursuant to subdivision b.
d. Implementing changes. 1. The applicable agency shall consider recommendations or comments, if any, made pursuant to subdivision c prior to implementing such proposed major traffic change. If no recommendations or comments are received pursuant to subdivision c, the agency has no further obligations under this section with respect to such major traffic change.
2. Within 10 days of consideration pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subdivision, if any, the agency shall notify the affected council member, community board and business improvement district by electronic mail if it chooses to proceed with the original or amended proposal, along with a description of any amendments.
e. Exception. The provisions of this section do not apply to major traffic changes requiring immediate implementation to preserve public safety.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 60 days after it becomes law.