[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southold 3-14-2000 by L.L. No. 5-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Transportation Access Management Law of Southold Town."
The Town Board finds that each year thousands of seasonal residents and tourists visit the North Fork of Long Island seeking to enjoy coastal waters, beaches and the pastoral landscape of agricultural lands, gardening centers, wineries and horse farms. Tourism provides a stimulus to local business economy which increases the quality of life for local residents. Over the past five years, however, appreciation as well as concern for local resources and rural ambiance has grown among the majority of citizens. People are anxious to see their rural way of life preserved, but at the same time allow for growth in the local economy.
As locally targeted tourism becomes a more important industry, there is substantially increased need for more efficient, convenient cost-effective forms of transportation. With a threefold increase in the population base during six months of the year, North Fork roadways are moving toward the saturation point.
Therefore, it is the purpose and policy of this chapter to establish a Transportation Commission to assist Southold Town and its residents in finding solutions to increase transportation efficiency and create attractive alternatives to individual automobile travel while preserving the scenic and historic attributes of the Town, state, County and local roadways.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Transportation Commission established pursuant to this chapter.
- HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE
- The quality of a place, site, building, district or structure based upon its identification with historic persons or events in the Town of Southold.
- RURAL SIGNIFICANCE
- The quality of environment based upon its identification with open space, farming, fishing and quaint hamlets.
- SCENIC SIGNIFICANCE
- The quality of viewsheds from state, County and Town roads based upon its identification with unique attributes in the Town of Southold.
The purpose of the Southold Transportation Commission is to develop and implement a Transportation Access Management Plan which addresses the use and protection of local resources for recreational and economic benefit through an innovative road-rail-trail-ferry network while maintaining the scenic, historic and rural characteristics of the Town. The Commission shall consist of nine members to be appointed by the Town Board, to serve without compensation.
The term of office of each member appointed to said Commission shall be two years. If a vacancy occurs other than by expiration of a term, it shall be filled by the Town Board by appointment for the unexpired term. In developing and implementing a transportation management strategy, the Commission will work with the Planning, Highway and Police Departments, but shall report to the Town Board.
The Commission shall consist of representatives of the Planning, Highway and Police Departments, civic groups, residents and different sectors of the business community.
The Commission shall advise the Town Board with respect to the following:
Create a framework to coordinate transportation plans and programs for the Town among all related local and regional transportation agencies, groups, service providers and the private sector.
Develop innovative transportation strategies through improvements in transit options; linkages between transportation modes; travel demand management techniques; enforcement mechanisms; public and private transit operations; and vehicle occupancy.
Improve transportation service and efficiency within the Town through improvements in traffic flow; speed limits; traffic safety; pedestrian and bicycle safety; parking design and location; and roadway lighting, signage and traffic signals.
Maintain and improve the rural quality of life through reductions in impacts on water quality and noise; vehicular trip generation; and excessive lighting, signage and roadside litter while keeping New York State Route 25 a scenic route and County Road 48 a through-route within the Town.
Develop a fiscally feasible, acceptable integrated capacity/mobility/safety plan for the Town as well as formal evaluation monitoring and update procedures to be presented to the Town Board for incorporation in the Town's comprehensive planning and funding by related agencies.
Promote use of alternative transportation solutions through educational activities and solicit public input on an ongoing basis in discharging the above duties.
Coordinate these alternative transportation solutions with other East End towns and villages through the East End Transportation Council to effect a unified regional transportation strategy.
Perform such other duties and functions as may, from time to time, be directed by the Town Board.
This chapter shall take effect immediately.