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File #: Int 0399-2010    Version: Name: Increasing native biodiversity in public landscapes.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 10/27/2010
Enactment date: 2/25/2013 Law number: 2013/011
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to increasing native biodiversity in public landscapes.
Sponsors: Albert Vann, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Annabel Palma, Jumaane D. Williams, James G. Van Bramer, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Stephen T. Levin, Michael C. Nelson, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Daniel Dromm , Margaret S. Chin, G. Oliver Koppell, James F. Gennaro, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Charles Barron, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Mathieu Eugene, David G. Greenfield, Robert Jackson, Peter A. Koo, Jessica S. Lappin
Council Member Sponsors: 23
Attachments: 1. Int. No. 399 - 10/27/10, 2. Committee Report 11/10/10, 3. Hearing Testimony - Marielle Anzelone 11-10-10, 4. Hearing Testimony 11/10/10, 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 11
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
2/25/2013AAlbert Vann City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/2013AAlbert Vann Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/2013AAlbert Vann Mayor Hearing Held by MayorPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013AAlbert Vann City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/2013AAlbert Vann City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*Albert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*Albert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013*Albert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/5/2013AAlbert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2010*Albert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/2010*Albert Vann Committee on Environmental Protection Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/27/2010*Albert Vann City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/27/2010*Albert Vann City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Int. No. 399-A
 
By Council Members Vann, Comrie, Fidler, James, Palma, Williams, Van Bramer, Rodriguez, Levin, Nelson, Mark-Viverito, Dromm, Chin, Koppell, Gennaro, Arroyo, Barron, Crowley, Eugene, Greenfield, Jackson, Koo and Lappin
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to increasing native biodiversity in public landscapes.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
      Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that native plants are the building blocks of our biological diversity and the cornerstone of our natural ecosystems. The Council also finds that invasive plant species are a detriment to the environment, out-competing native plant species and the animals that depend on them, and leaving them vulnerable to depletion or extinction. Further, native plantings may also result in reduced maintenance costs. Therefore the Council finds that it is in the best interests of the City to require greater native biodiversity and limit the use of invasive species in public landscapes.
      §2. Chapter 1 of title 18 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 18-141 to read as follows:
§18-141 Native biodiversity planting practices. a. Increased native biodiversity. By November 1, 2013, the department shall revise its design manual to increase biodiversity in its landscape practices. Such practices shall maximize the use of native plantings and drought and salt tolerant plantings, as appropriate, and minimize the presence of exotic monocultures on all city-owned property, including green streets, medians, sidewalks, parks and other areas where plantings occur. Where native plant species are not appropriate, such practices shall require the use of any plant species that has not been determined to be an invasive plant species by the New York state department of environmental conservation or by the department, or determined to be a noxious weed by the New York state department of agriculture and markets. Such manual shall include:
1. a native species planting guide, to be updated at least every five years, that lists the qualities of native species suitable for planting in the city of New York, 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; and
2. a list of alternative native species for commonly used non-native species.
b. The manual developed pursuant to this section shall be accessible for use by property owners and professional land managers to increase biodiversity and the use of native species, and shall be made available on-line on the department's website. For purposes of this section only, "native species" shall mean, with respect to a particular ecosystem, a species that, other than as the result of introduction, historically occurred or currently occurs in that ecosystem.
c. All plantings conducted by the department after May 1, 2014, shall conform to the design manual promulgated or drafted pursuant to this section. Each calendar year from 2015 to 2019, inclusive, the department shall review the effectiveness of the use of its design manual to increase native biodiversity in public plantings and shall issue a report to the mayor and the council documenting the number and location of all native species plantings in the prior year, including efforts made by the department to utilize local genotypes, and a description of the department's plans for increasing the diversity of native species in the city.
d. Exemption. Botanic gardens and public institutions who possess plants for educational, scientific, historic or collection purposes and take precautions to prevent non-native species from going to seed or spreading beyond the existing planting shall be exempt from the requirements of this section.
§3. This local law shall take effect immediately.
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