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File #: Int 1663-2019    Version: * Name: Establishing an office of urban agriculture and an urban agriculture advisory board.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Economic Development
On agenda: 8/14/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing an office of urban agriculture and an urban agriculture advisory board
Sponsors: Ben Kallos, Diana Ayala , Barry S. Grodenchik, Vanessa L. Gibson, Brad S. Lander, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Summary: This bill would establish an Office of Urban Agriculture and an Urban Agriculture Advisory Board. The Office of Urban Agriculture would conduct outreach, receive comments and respond to questions regarding urban agriculture, make recommendations about protecting and expanding urban agriculture, develop, in cooperation with other agencies and stakeholders, a comprehensive urban agriculture plan and make annual reports on progress made on such plan. The Urban Agriculture Advisory Board would consist of ten members and would advise and make recommendations regarding urban agriculture.
Indexes: Council Appointment Required, Other Appointment Required, Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1663, 2. Int. No. 1663, 3. August 14, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-14-19, 5. Committee Report 9/18/19, 6. Report - Growing Food Equity in New York City, 7. Hearing Testimony 9/18/19, 8. Hearing Transcript 9/18/19, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 14, 2019

Int. No. 1663

 

By Council Members Kallos, Ayala, Grodenchik, Gibson, Lander and Rosenthal

 

A Local Law to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing an office of urban agriculture and an urban agriculture advisory board

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Chapter one of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new section 20-e to read as follows:

§ 20-e. Office of urban agriculture. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Director. The term “director” means the director of the office of urban agriculture.

Office. The term “office” means the office of urban agriculture.

b. The mayor shall establish an office of urban agriculture within the office of long-term planning and sustainability. Such office shall be headed by a director who shall be appointed by the mayor and shall additionally employ at least one staff member who has expertise in urban planning.

c. Powers and duties. The director shall have the power and the duty to:

1. Conduct education and outreach to promote urban agriculture and inform the public about urban agriculture, its benefits and ways to participate;

2. Receive comments and respond to inquiries related to urban agriculture;

3. Make recommendations to the office of long-term planning and sustainability and the heads of relevant agencies with respect to protecting and expanding urban agriculture for the purposes of sustainability, resiliency, environmental protection, health, community development and small business planning;

4. Develop the urban agriculture plan required pursuant to section 3-131 of the administrative code, and beginning one year following the submission of the urban agriculture plan and annually thereafter, submit to the mayor and speaker of the council and post on the office's website a report detailing progress made on the recommendations, initiatives and priorities that result from such plan; and

5. Establish a program in coordination with the office of long-term planning and sustainability, office of food policy, department of parks and recreation, department of city planning, department of housing preservation and development and other relevant agencies to:

(a) Ensure that policies are in place to implement the urban agriculture plan required pursuant to section 3-131 of the administrative code;

(b) Support technical research for advancing urban agriculture legislation and policy within the city; and

(c) Receive and respond to comments, questions and complaints with respect to such program.

d. The mayor shall establish an urban agriculture advisory board to advise the director, mayor and the council on issues relating to urban agriculture.

1. The urban agriculture advisory board shall be composed of the following members:

(a) One expert in urban agriculture policy, appointed by the speaker of the council;

(b) Three advocates who specialize in urban agriculture businesses, such as urban agriculture technology and urban agriculture companies and collectives, two appointed by the mayor and one appointed by the speaker of the council;

(c) Three advocates who are knowledgeable about community gardens or community land trusts, two appointed by the mayor and one appointed by the speaker of the council; and

(d) Three advocates from organizations that work on justice-related issues in the context of urban agriculture, such as climate justice, restorative justice and social justice, two appointed by the speaker of the council and one appointed by the mayor.

2. Each member of the urban agriculture advisory board shall serve at the pleasure of the officer who appointed the member. In the event of a vacancy on the task force, a successor shall be selected in the same manner as the original appointment. All members of the urban agriculture advisory board shall serve without compensation.

3. The urban agriculture advisory board shall keep a record of its deliberations and determine its own rules of procedure, which shall include a procedure or mechanism by which members of the public may make submissions to the board. The first meeting of the urban agriculture advisory board shall be convened within 120 days after the effective date of the local law that added this section.

4. Within 18 months of the effective date of the local law that added this section, the urban agriculture advisory board shall submit recommendations to the director, the mayor and the council. After such date, the urban agriculture advisory board may submit recommendations to the director, the mayor and the council as appropriate.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

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