New York Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law

Sec. § 43.09
Management Plan

* § 43.09 Management plan.


Notwithstanding the provisions of section 35.05 of this title, the management plan shall:


Designate the specific boundaries of the Niagara Falls underground railroad heritage area as depicted on a map accompanying the management plan;


Develop a vision, goals and objectives for the heritage area that focuses on ensuring the educational benefit to the public and prohibiting incompatible uses within such area;


Create an inventory of existing land and buildings under the jurisdiction of the state, public corporations and municipalities;


Create an inventory of privately owned existing land and buildings;


Identify other land and buildings that can contribute to the purposes of the heritage area;


Recommend how the heritage area could be linked to other historic amenities and commercial assets throughout Niagara Falls and describe the techniques or means of preservation and protection of historic and cultural resources within the heritage area;


Evaluate how economic development activities in proximity to the heritage area can support, complement and sustain the development of the heritage area;


Describe the organization structure to be utilized for long range planning, development and management of the heritage area for a minimum of ten years, including the responsibilities and interrelationships of local, regional and state agencies in the management process and a program to provide maximum feasible private participation in the implementation of the management plan;


Include a plan for the development of the area as an academic destination, which can provide opportunities for educational programs, including advanced scholarly research for students of all educational backgrounds. Such plan may include, but not be limited to, academic symposia, lectures, archive collections, library collections and a museum;


Include a marketing plan, which includes measures to target niche market travelers and scholars. Such plan must include supporting evidence for targeting and should consider out-of-state marketing as allowed for in budgeting;


Make recommendations for the on-going operation and maintenance of the Niagara Falls underground railroad heritage area; and


Include an economic assessment of the long and short term costs and benefits related to the establishment, operation and maintenance of the heritage area, including a comprehensive estimate of the costs of implementing the management plan identified by source of funding and specifically delineating expected state, local, federal and private contributions.


The draft management plan shall be submitted to the commissioner for approval within four years of the effective date of this article. Prior to submitting the plan to the commissioner, the legislative representative body of the city of Niagara Falls must approve the plan. The legislative body of the city of Niagara Falls, at its discretion and in the interest of expediting the local approval process, shall hold two public meetings at any time during the local approval process. The commissioner may approve the plan, may return the plan to the commission with recommendations for approval, or may reject the plan. A copy of the approved plan shall be provided to the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly.


Selected individual requirements or portions thereof for the management plan submissions may be waived by the commissioner provided that prior submissions to the office during a previous planning process are judged sufficient to fulfill the purpose of the management plan.


Approval of the management plan by the commissioner shall establish eligibility for the receipt of acquisition, development and programming assistance from the state heritage area program within the defined heritage corridor boundaries. Nothing in this article shall prohibit the commission from making application for other grant programs or sources of funding. * NB Repealed December 31, 2015

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