Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Adirondack Park Agency To Meet Thursday

APA Seeks Comments On Camp SantanoniThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, on Wednesday, November 9th beginning at 1 pm and Thursday, November 10th, 2016 beginning at 9:15 am.

Among the issues expected to be discussed are: the LS Marina on Lower Saranac Lake; telecommunication towers in the Town of Putnam; a Biomass District Heating system for the Ray Brook State Office Complex; the Champlain Islands Complex Proposed Final Unit Management Plan; amendments to the Town of Lake George’s APA approved local land use program; and more.

To watch the meeting online, click here and click Webcasting from the Contents List. Meeting materials are available for download from the Agency’s website. What follows is the meeting agenda, as provided by the APA:

The Full Agency will come to order Wednesday at 1:00 pm for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report.

At 1:30 pm, the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider an appeal by LS Marina, LLC of an Agency staff request for additional information for Permit Application 2016-29 and Variance Request 2014-53. The proposed project involves the expansion of a marina on Lower Saranac Lake in the Town of Harrietstown, Franklin County.

The appeal will focus solely on the applicant’s challenge of Agency staff’s request for the submittal of storm water management plans and the request to locate wetlands on plans submitted by the applicant. The project application and variance request remain incomplete. The only action the Agency Board will render at this time is whether the additional information requested by Agency staff is appropriate.

At 3 pm, the committee will determine approvability for a telecommunication project proposed in the Town of Putnam, Washington County. Vertical Bridge LLC/New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC submitted an application to construct two 85-foot tall telecommunication towers in the Town of Putnam.  The towers would be concealed as simulated pine trees.

On Thursday at 9:15 am, the Regulatory Programs Committee will reconvene. The committee will review a project submitted by the NYS Power Authority and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for the construction of a Biomass District Heating system. The system would service the Ray Brook State Office Complex. The committee meeting will conclude with another determination for a telecommunication project. St. Lawrence Seaway RSA Cellular Partnership d/b/a Verizon submitted an application to build an 80- foot tall tower in the Town of Fine, St. Lawrence County. The tower would be concealed as a simulated pine tree.

At 11 am, the State Land Committee will come to order and consider authorizing Agency staff to proceed to public comment on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the Champlain Islands Complex Proposed Final Unit Management Plan (UMP). The islands that are a part of the UMP encompass approximately 1,133.8 acres of Forest Preserve lands on six of the seven state-owned islands in Lake Champlain – Valcour, Schuyler, Cole, Garden, Sheepshead, and Signal Buoy. This UMP also covers the Department of Environmental Conservation three boat launch sites: Peru Dock, Port Douglas and Willsboro Bay. The Lake Champlain Islands Complex includes about 13 miles of hiking trails, 34 designated campsites and a variety of day-use opportunities.

At 1 pm, the Economic Affairs Committee will hear a presentation from Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Executive Director Chris Maron. Mr. Maron will discuss his organization’s efforts to develop and maintain multi-use trails in the Champlain Valley.

At 1:45 pm, the Local Government Services Committee will come to order to review and consider approval for amendments to the Town of Lake George’s APA approved local land use program.

At 2:15 am, the Full Agency will come to order for committee reports, Local Government Review Board, public and member comment.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Provide any requests for specific accommodations to Keith P. McKeever at (518) 891-4050.
The December Agency Meeting is scheduled for December 8-9, 2016 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook.


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