Monday, December 9, 2019

APA Considering 95-Foot Tower, 500-Acre Logging, More

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY Thursday, December 12th, 2019.

The meeting will address consideration of a proposed telecommunication tower in Elizabethtown, a timber harvest plan for lands in Arietta and Lake Pleasant, authorizing proposed amendments to the Town of Indian Lake’s Local Land Use Program, and will get an overview of Adirondack Diversity Initiative’s six-month strategies and goals.

What follows is the agenda issued by the APA:

On Thursday at 9:30 am, the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report.

At 10 am, the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approval for a proposed telecommunication tower to be built in Elizabethtown, Essex County. Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC has submitted plans to install a 90-foot-tall self-supporting monopole tower. The tower will be concealed as a 95-foot-tall simulated tree.

The committee will also consider a timber harvest plan submitted by the Lyme Timber Company for lands in Arietta and Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County. Lyme Timber proposes a 509-acre shelterwood overstory removal to release a fully regenerated understory. Lyme Timber also seeks approval for a 134-acre free thinning treatment to harvest mature overstory trees to concentrate sunlight and resources on crop trees. The project site is within a New York State Working Forest Conservation Easement and is certified to both Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.

At 11:45 am the Local Government Services Committee will review and consider authorizing proposed amendments to the Town of Indian Lake’s Local Land Use Program. The Town of Indian Lake has administered an Agency-approved Local Land Use Program (ALLUP) since 1977. The Town adopted a new Comprehensive Plan in 2017 and following that formed a committee to look at areas in the code in need of improvement or clarification. The proposed Town Ordinance builds upon the foundation of the Indian Lake’s existing code and is intended to reflect the shared community vision outlined in its new comprehensive plan.

At 1:15 pm, the Public Awareness and Communication Committee will be briefed by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff on the 2019 Smart Growth Grant program. DEC staff will highlight Adirondack Park projects awarded in the 2019 grant fund round and update the Board on the progress of previously funded projects.

At 2 pm, the Park Planning and Policy Committee will welcome Ms. Nicole Hylton-Patterson, the Director of the newly established Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI). Ms. Hylton-Patterson will provide an overview of ADI focusing on their first six-month strategies and goals.

At 3 pm, the Full Agency will convene to take any necessary actions and hear member and Local Government Review Board comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the APA’s website .The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Provide any requests for specific accommodations to Keith P. McKeever at (518) 891-4050. The January Agency Meeting is scheduled for January 16-17, 2020 at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook.

Photo: Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Building in Ray Brook.

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