The Adirondack Park Agency is proposing several amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The document is supposed to establish rules for managing state land in the Adirondack Park, but has been at the center of criticism over abuse of power by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency, who are accused of ignoring its basic tenets.
Three public hearings are planned by APA, none south of Albany and none in the evening outside the Adirondack Park. APA is accepting comments in writing until January 29, 2016.
Hearings are scheduled to be held as follows:
Ray Brook – January 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Adirondack Park Agency
1133 NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY
Newcomb – January 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Newcomb Central School
5535 NYS Route 28N
Albany – January 13, 2016, 1:00 pm
NYS DEC Offices
APA and DEC have led the efforts by New York State to develop publicly-held Adirondack Forest Preserve lands constitutionally protected as ‘forever wild’.
Recent development pressures by the APA and DEC include the building of roadways for snowmobiles through Forest Preserve; the mining of the Jay Mountain Wilderness by an international mining company; the construction and expansion of various facilities for motor vehicles on Forest Preserve lands; “spot zoning” to avoid conflicts with the State Land Master Plan; and motorizing and building bridges across wild and scenic rivers.
Written comments should be sent to:
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Email – SLMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov