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4 Responses

  1. Bob Glennon says:

    Hey Jim, look into what APA has formally said in re any requirement the ACR project be “substantially commenced,” in the words of its organic act. It has the authority to prescribe that by permit condition. I don’t have the definition at hand at this writing, but it speaks of the developer spending a goodly amount of money on the project, getting other required regulatory approvals, etc. The idea is that a project that goes nowhere can’t take advantage of the original approval years later.

    There are nasty rumors out there to the effect that APA rolled over and died on the issue; said minimal progress would suffice legally to what we lawyers say is to “vest” the project.

    IMHO APA proved to the world it was no longer relevant to the future of the ‘Dacks when it approved the thing 10-1. Long past time for some greenies on the thing.

    • Boreas says:

      Bob,

      I agree. The endeavor, although a good idea, always had a financial cloud over it, and when the APA didn’t push the issue of clustering the developed areas, I lost a lot of faith in their desire to protect the resources. It seemed like a no-brainer to me. This suit certainly isn’t going to smooth the waters. Karma?

      • Bob Glennon says:

        Boreas, what in God’s blue-eyed world was a good idea about 600-plus units checkerboarded all over some 5 or 6 thousand acres of the precious Adirondacks? A bill to mandate ecologically-informed clustering of all decent-sized subdivision projects before APA just died in the Legislature when, I’m told, Betty Little laid it aside for floor debate in the Senate and for reasons unexplained Senator Kaminski folded. I’m having major trouble keeping the faith.

        • Boreas says:

          Bob,

          I felt it was a good idea if it was clustered, not spread out as finally permitted. I guess I wasn’t clear about that.

          “…when the APA didn’t push the issue of clustering the developed areas, I lost a lot of faith in their desire to protect the resources.”

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