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File #: Int 0075-2010    Version: Name: Requiring city plantings to be stormwater tolerant so as to facilitate stormwater retention and filtration.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 3/3/2010
Enactment date: 2/25/2013 Law number: 2013/010
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring city plantings to be stormwater tolerant so as to facilitate stormwater retention and filtration.
Sponsors: James F. Gennaro, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Michael C. Nelson, Jumaane D. Williams, James G. Van Bramer, Stephen T. Levin, Daniel R. Garodnick, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Sara M. Gonzalez, Mark S. Weprin, Albert Vann, Jessica S. Lappin, Karen Koslowitz, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Joel Rivera, David G. Greenfield, James Vacca, Robert Jackson, Daniel Dromm , Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Charles Barron, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Annabel Palma, Eric A. Ulrich, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 33
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 75 - 3/3/10, 2. Committee Report 11/10/10, 3. Hearing Testimony 11/10/10, 4. Hearing Testimony 11/10/10 (Con't), 5. Hearing Transcript 11/10/10, 6. Committee Report 2/5/13, 7. Hearing Transcript 2/5/13, 8. Fiscal Impact Statement, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-6-13, 10. Mayor's Letter, 11. Local Law 10
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
2/25/2013AJames F. Gennaro City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/2013AJames F. Gennaro Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/2013AJames F. Gennaro Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013AJames F. Gennaro City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013AJames F. Gennaro City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013AJames F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2010*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2010*James F. Gennaro Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/3/2010*James F. Gennaro City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/3/2010*James F. Gennaro City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 75-A
 
By Council Members Gennaro, Brewer, Chin, Fidler, James, Koppell, Lander, Mark-Viverito, Nelson, Williams, Van Bramer, Levin, Garodnick, Crowley, Vallone, Gonzalez, Weprin, Vann, Lappin, Koslowitz, Rodriguez, Rivera, Greenfield, Vacca, Jackson, Dromm, Arroyo, Barron, Eugene, Koo, Palma, Ulrich and Halloran.
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring city plantings to be stormwater tolerant so as to facilitate stormwater retention and filtration.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
      Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that the PlaNYC Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan of 2008 recommends the use of green infrastructure as a desirable means to control and detain stormwater. Such control and detention is important because combined sewer overflows (CSOs) discharge over 27 billion gallons of sewage and polluted rainwater into the New York harbor every year. The Council also finds that initiatives undertaken by the City of New York, including the Green Infrastructure Plan, contemplate planting thousands of trees and many thousands of plants annually.  Therefore the Council finds that it is in the best interests of the City to use stormwater-tolerant plantings to maximize the capacity for stormwater retention and infiltration.
      §2. Chapter 1 of title 18 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 18-140 to read as follows:
§18-140 Stormwater retention planting manual. a. Not later than November 1, 2013, the commissioner shall promulgate a stormwater retention manual applicable to all plantings conducted by the department that shall maximize the use of stormwater retentive plantings. Such manual shall, at a minimum:
1. identify plants suitable for the purpose of facilitating stormwater retention and describe their qualities, including, but not limited to, the appropriate hydrological and soil conditions, necessary sunlight, drought and salt water tolerance, coloring, shade cover, compatibility with other plants and usefulness as a habitat;
2. identify suitable planting materials, soil types and mulch, for the purpose of facilitating stormwater retention; and
3. set forth guidelines for the planning and organization of plantings, including the appropriate mixes of plants.
b. The manuals developed pursuant to this section shall be accessible for use by property owners and professional land managers to increase stormwater retention and shall be made available on-line on the department's website.
c. All plantings conducted by the department after May 1, 2014, shall conform to the stormwater retention planting manual.
§3. This local law shall take effect immediately.
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