Town of Southampton, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton 12-14-2004 by L.L. No. 49-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic Violation Bureau — See Ch. 67.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 312.

§ 68-1 Legislative Intent.

In 2004, the Town Board of Town of Southampton unveiled a Transportation Element as an update to the Town's Comprehensive Plan Update. This Plan recommends the establishment of a Transportation Commission and a full-time Executive Director/Transportation Coordinator. This individual will act to facilitate short-term street and safety improvements and promote long-range transportation planning initiatives found in the recently adopted Southampton Intermodel Study.

§ 68-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The special coordinator for the Transportation Commission.
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD
The administrative agency of the Long Island Rail Road.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (NYS DOT)
The Highway Department for the State of New York.
SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Highway Department for the County of Suffolk.
TOWN COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Southampton who oversees the improvement and maintenance projects under the jurisdiction of the Town Highway Superintendent, as well as capital improvements, public works projects, traffic safety and engineering matters.
TOWN DEPARTMENT OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The Department within the Town which handles land use, zoning, and planning studies on behalf of the Town Board and Town agencies, processes development applications in accordance with the provisions of the Town Code, and provides professional support relative to implementation of the Town's Comprehensive Plan. The technical and administrative staff and functions of the Department of Land Management are organized by Divisions including but not limited to Long Range Planning, Planning, Building and Zoning, Environment, Community Preservation and Intermodal Transportation.
TOWN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Department within the Town that handles public works projects, improvement and maintenance projects as well as capital improvements, public works projects, traffic safety and engineering matters.
TOWN ENGINEER
The Town Engineer for the Town of Southampton.
TOWN HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
The Highway Department for the Town of Southampton.
TOWN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR
The Administrator of the Department of Land Management for the Town of Southampton.
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
An Advisory Commission to assist with steering implementation of the Town's goals, objectives, plans and policies related to the Town's Transportation Plan.
TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR
An employee appointed by the Town Board to act in the capacity of Executive Director of the Transportation Commission for the Town of Southampton.
TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The Transportation Element of the Town's updated Master Plan, which includes the Southampton Intermodal Transportation Study.

§ 68-3 Transportation Commission created.

There is hereby created the Transportation Commission for the Town of Southampton which shall be comprised of an advisory committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Transportation Commission") and an executive director (hereinafter referred to as the "Transportation Coordinator"). The Transportation Commission shall serve as an advisory committee to the Town Board, and the Office of the Transportation Commission shall be under the organizational structure of the Town's Department of Land Management for coordination purposes.

§ 68-4 Membership; terms of office; Chair.

A. 
The Transportation Commission shall consist of 11 members, who shall serve without compensation. All members shall be residents of the Town or be employed within the Town and shall have an interest in the Town of Southampton's community planning objectives related to transportation, including all modes of travel by air, water, and land (e.g., plane, boat, automobile, rail, bus, van, bicycle, pedestrian and other forms.)
B. 
The Town Board shall appoint the members of the Transportation Commission.
C. 
Members shall serve for a term of three years. The members first appointed following the effective date of this chapter shall be appointed as follows: four of the members to serve a three-year term, four to serve a two-year term, and three to serve a one-year term. Subsequent terms shall be staggered three-year terms. Members may serve for more than one term.
D. 
The membership of the Transportation Commission shall select its own Chair.

§ 68-5 Meetings; subcommittees; correspondence.

A. 
All meetings of the Transportation Advisory Commission shall be subject to the Open Meetings Law, and minutes shall be maintained on file by the Department of Land Management.
B. 
The Transportation Commission shall meet as a full committee at least nine times annually.
C. 
Subcommittees may be formed by the Transportation Commission.
D. 
The Transportation Commission may delegate authority to its Chair concerning approval for correspondence. In the event that the Transportation Commission has not delegated authority to its Chair concerning approval for correspondence, all communications other than agendas and minutes bearing the letterhead of the Transportation Commission shall be approved by the Transportation Commission.

§ 68-6 Powers and duties of Transportation Commission.

The Transportation Commission shall have the following objectives, powers and duties:
A. 
Implementation of community planning objectives related to transportation: assist the Town Board, Department of Land Management, and Transportation Coordinator with the establishment and implementation of transportation plans, priorities, policies, projects and programs.
B. 
Coordination with other jurisdictions; regional advocacy / outreach: assist the Town Board and Department of Land Management with coordination needs and regional advocacy /outreach with other jurisdictions, including but not limited to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), adjoining villages and towns, as well as the Town Police Department, Town Highway Department, and the Town Department of Public Works Division of Engineering responsible for Town traffic safety.
C. 
Research: assist the Town Board, Department of Land Management, and Transportation Commission with research necessary concerning transportation matters, including traffic-calming techniques, transit-oriented development strategies and other policies, best management practices, financing matters and efficiency analysis related to transportation used in other jurisdictions both regionally and globally.
D. 
Reports and recommendations: provide reports on various matters pertaining to transportation referred by the Town Board, Planning Board, or other agencies of the Town, county, state, or adjoining jurisdictions. The Transportation Commission may also provide other reports to the Town Board and other agencies related to transportation matters from time to time.
E. 
Annual report. The Transportation Commission shall file an annual report with the Town Board by January 1 of each year.

§ 68-7 Transportation Coordinator.

A. 
The Transportation Coordinator shall be the administrative head for the Office of the Transportation Commission.
B. 
The Transportation Coordinator shall serve as the executive director of the Transportation Commission, and the primary purpose is to steer the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Town's Transportation Element Comprehensive Plan Update.
C. 
The Transportation Coordinator shall serve as an ex-officio (nonvoting) member of the Transportation Commission and may serve as Chair if selected by the membership.
D. 
The Transportation Coordinator shall be appointed by the Town Board pursuant to the Civil Service Law.

§ 68-8 Duties of Transportation Coordinator.

The Transportation Coordinator shall have such duties as the Town Board may from time to time prescribe, including but not limited to the following:
A. 
Lead the implementation of strategies recommended by the Transportation Element Comprehensive Plan Update.
B. 
Serve as the executive director for the Transportation Commission, including all required coordination needs of the Transportation Commission for meetings, agendas, and correspondence.
C. 
Assist the Town Board, Department of Land Management, and Transportation Commission with the establishment and implementation of transportation plans, priorities, policies, projects and programs, including recommendations to engage the services of consultants for research purposes.
D. 
Assist the Town Board, Department of Land Management, and Transportation Commission with coordination needs with other jurisdictions, including but not limited to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Town Department of Public Works (Division of Engineering, responsible for Town traffic safety), Town Highway Department, Town Police Department, and adjoining villages and towns.
E. 
Represent the Town on various transportation-oriented committees, task forces and forums, including but not limited to the Sustainable East End Development Strategy SEEDS project or as part of a hamlet study or other planning study being facilitated by the Town Department of Land Management.
F. 
Serve as the Town's primary contact for residents, businesses, and others requiring assistance or seeking information concerning transportation and traffic safety matters within the Town.
G. 
Serve as the primary contact for the Transportation Commission and the Town Department of Land Management for outside consultants engaged by the Transportation Commission or the Department of Land Management in connection with implementation of transportation plans, priorities, policies, projects and programs. Outside consultants engaged by the Town Department of Public Works Division of Engineering, responsible for Town traffic safety, for specific Town capital projects or planning review functions shall not be required to coordinate through the Transportation Coordinator, unless authorized by the Commissioner of Public Works.
H. 
Work with the private sector resources in the business community and private transportation providers in the Town to facilitate greater public/private cooperation to facilitate improvements and increased transit options within the Town's intermodal transportation network.
I. 
Under the direction of the Town Department of Land Management, review all matters pertaining to transportation arising within the divisions or agencies of the Department or referred to the Department.
J. 
Provide reports on various matters pertaining to transportation referred by the Town Board, Planning Board, or other agencies or committees of the Town, county, state, or adjoining jurisdictions, as such pertains to the Town's Transportation Element Comprehensive Plan Update.
K. 
Coordinate with the Town Department of Public Works / Division of Engineering for technical needs pertaining to traffic safety, traffic engineering, access management, bus shelters, bicycle lanes, traffic devices, sidewalks, streetlighting, and other matters within the purview of the Division.
L. 
Compile an annual report for the Transportation Commission and other reports related to transportation matters from time to time.
M. 
Present findings and other reports on behalf of the Transportation Commission to the Town Board and other agencies or committees of the Town, county, state, or adjoining jurisdictions.

§ 68-9 Administrative support from Department of Land Management.

The Transportation Coordinator shall independently prepare correspondence and reports as required. The Department of Land Management shall provide administrative and clerical support as necessary (i.e., minutes, budgetary matters, etc.)

§ 68-10 (Reserved)