UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/10/16 01 REG. SESS. 01 RS HB 318/GA
AN ACT relating to coordinating infrastructure development for state, regional, and local governmental agency purposes.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 147A IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide coordination for efficient infrastructure development to maintain public services and planned community growth in the Commonwealth and to enhance the state planning functions specified in KRS Chapter 147. This is to be done through activities of area development districts assisting state agencies and local governments.
SECTION 2. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 147A IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
As used in Sections 1 to 3 of this Act, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) "State agency" means all offices and cabinets of state government as designated by KRS 12.020;
(2) "County" means a political subdivision of the Commonwealth created and established by the laws of the Commonwealth;
(3) "City" means any municipality created and established by the laws of the Commonwealth;
(5) "Special district" means any agency, authority, or political subdivision of the state that exercises less than statewide jurisdiction and that is organized for the purpose of performing governmental or other prescribed functions with limited boundaries. It includes all political subdivisions of the state except a city, a county, or a school district;
(6) "Area development district" means a special district created under KRS 147A.050;
(7) "Infrastructure" means, but is not limited to, construction or abandonment of publicly owned structures or facilities that are intended for or are used for regional community development purposes, including educational facilities, regional industrial or business parks, water or sewer treatment facilities, or expansions of water distribution or sewer collection systems, regional solid waste landfills, regional recreational or tourist attractions, or other facilities as requested by a unit of local government. As used herein, "infrastructure" does not mean energy generation, or delivery systems, and commercial communications systems; and
(8) "Infrastructure development plan" means any formal, written proposal to be considered, approved by, or submitted by others, for approval by the state, a special district, or local government that involves infrastructure as defined in this section. A plan may be a single document or a series of documents that may have separate or component parts and may cover varying periods of time.
SECTION 3. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 147A IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
(1) Each area development district shall serve as a regional repository for all infrastructure development plans for that respective service area of the Commonwealth. The board of directors of each area development district shall provide for appropriate accommodation of the plans, and shall devise a means, consistent among all area development districts, for electronically cataloging the plans. The plans shall be available to the public by means of access by way of the largest nonproprietary, nonprofit cooperative public computer network and at the office of the area development district to any party at reasonable times in the normal course of the business day.
(2) The area development district shall review each plan submitted and the projects envisioned, to determine consistency with any adopted federal, state, or regional plans, and to identify potential duplication of services or other inefficient use of public resources. A report of findings from the review shall be forwarded to the entity submitting the plan.
(3) The board of directors of the area development district, or a committee it creates, shall meet with the plan proponents, affected agencies, and others including area members of the General Assembly if a plan submitted by a proponent is found to involve a direct conflict between adopted federal, state, regional, or local planning goals or objectives.