Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Adirondack Park Agency Meeting This Week

APA officeThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at its Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, 2013.  Among the issues the meeting will address are the use of Rotenone to kill largemouth bass in Lower Sargent Pond, the expansion of a Westport RV campground, a Webb subdivision, and more.

Although a decision is not expected, the APA will continue deliberations on how the former Finch Pruyn / Nature Conservancy lands recently added to the State Forest Preserve will be managed. These new state lands are located in the Towns of Minerva and Newcomb, and Indian Lake and include the Essex Chain Lakes, Indian River and OK Slip Falls. The meeting is streamed live online at the APA website. What follows is the meeting agenda released to the media.

The Full Agency will come to order at 9:00AM for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report.

At 9:30, the Regulatory Programs Committee will convene to determine approvability for two projects. The committee will consider a request from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to reclaim Lower Sargent Pond which is located in the town of Arietta in Hamilton County. DEC proposes to apply Rotenone to remove non-native largemouth bass. The committee will also hear a proposal to expand an existing RV campground. The applicant, Barber Homestead Park, LLC, wants to increase the number of camp sites by 25%. The campground is located in the town of Westport, Essex County.

At 1:00, the Regulatory Programs Committee will re-convene to review a third renewal request for a permit which authorizes a temporary two-lot subdivision into sites. This project is located in the town of Webb, Herkimer County.

At 1:45, the Economic Affairs Committee will come to order for a presentation on Conservation Development Ordinances in the Northeast and an examination of Case Study Communities. Heidi Kretser, Livelihoods and Conservation Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) North America Program, and Leslie Karasin, Community Partnership Coordinator for WCS’s Adirondack Program, will discuss the results of the study.

At 3:00, the State Land Committee will continue deliberations on the 2013 State Land classification package which includes former Finch lands recently acquired by the State from the Nature Conservancy. Staff will provide responses to questions raised by the Board during the August meeting. The Agency Board will not take any action on the classification package during the September Agency meeting. Agency staff will not present a preferred recommendation at this meeting.

These new State Lands are located in the Towns of Minerva and Newcomb, (Essex County) and Indian Lake, Hamilton County. The parcels involved in this round of classifications are the Essex Chain Lakes, Indian River and OK Slip Falls.

On Friday September 13, 2013 at 9:00AM the Legal Affairs Committee will hear informational presentations on the Agency’s Development in the Adirondack Park guidelines and a legal guidance status report.

At 10:00, the Full Agency will assemble for committee reports, Local Government Review Board comment, public and member comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the agency’s website.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodations to Keith P. McKeever at 518-891-4050.

The October Agency Meeting is scheduled for October 10-11, 2013 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook, New York.

November Agency Meeting: November 14-15 2013 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters.

 

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