Wednesday, August 11, 2010

APA Meeting:
Lake George YMCA, Benson Mines Wind, More

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, August 12 and Friday August 13, 2010 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY.

The Agency will consider a third renewal for the Westport Development Park’s commercial/industrial use permit, a shoreline structure setback variance for Camp Chingachgook on Lake George, a Benson Mines wind project, Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan compliance for the Jessup River Wild Forest UMP, Champlain-Hudson Power Express’s proposed 300-mile, 2,000-MW electric transmission line from Canada to New York City via Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, a memorandum of understanding between the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation concerning State-owned conservation easements on private lands within the Adirondack Park, and the Route 3 Travel Corridor Management Plan. Meeting materials are available for download from the Agency’s website.

The Full Agency will convene on Thursday morning at 9:00 for Executive Director Terry Martino’s report. Mrs. Martino will provide an overview of her first year as Executive Director.

At 9:30 a.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider a third renewal for the Westport Development Park’s commercial/industrial use permit. This previously approved permit includes a five lot subdivision involving wetlands. The project site is located in the Town of Westport, Essex County.

The committee will consider a shoreline structure setback variance requested by the YMCA for its Camp Chingachgook facility located on Lake George. The variance involves the replacement of a pre-existing one-story structure. The new structure will be used for camp operation purposes and to improve access to Lake George for participants in the Y-Knot Accessible Sailing Program. The project site is located in the Town of Fort Ann, Washington County.

A proposal for a temporary weather monitoring mast submitted by Benson Mines, Inc. and the re-consideration of a variance request for a boardwalk and dock are actions the committee will deliberate as well.

At 1:00 p.m., the State Land Committee will consider Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan compliance for the Jessup River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. This unit is located in the Towns of Arietta and Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County.

At 2:30, the Park Policy and Planning Committee will hear a presentation from Donald Jessome, President and Chief Executive Officer of Champlain-Hudson Power Express, Inc. He will overview an Article VII proceeding presently before the Public Service Commission to extend a proposed 300-mile, 2,000-MW electric transmission line from Canada to New York City via Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. The Adirondack Park Agency is a statutory party to the proceeding because the bed of Lake Champlain is within the Adirondack Park. The Board will take no action on this project.

The committee will consider approving a map amendment proposal from the Raquette River Boat Club, LLC for lands located in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The proposal is for re-classifying approximately 2.5 acres of land from Resource Management to Hamlet.

The committee meeting will conclude with deliberations to empower the Adirondack Park Agency Board Chairman to authorize a memorandum of understanding between the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation concerning State-owned conservation easements on private lands within the Adirondack Park.

On Friday morning August 13 at 9:00, the Legal Affairs Committee will meet to discuss examples and related issues to clarify circumstances for the Agency to delegate authority to the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs to approve certain modest shoreline setback variances.

At 10:00 a.m., the Full Agency will convene for the Community Spotlight Presentation. This month Lake George Supervisor, Frank McCoy, will discuss issues and assets pertaining to this Warren County town.

At 10:45, the State Land Committee will re-convene for a presentation on the Route 3 Travel Corridor Management Plan.

At 11:15, the Full Agency will assemble to take action as necessary and conclude with committee reports, public and member comment.

The next Agency meeting is September 16-17 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters.

October Agency Meeting: October 14-15 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters.

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