This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Adirondack Park Agency, and it’s fair to ask: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Join the debate: Thursday, July 27, at 7 pm at the Adirondack History Center Museum, Elizabethtown.
Leaders of the APA and the Local Government Review Board will be on hand to discuss the APA’s first half century and what’s likely to come next.
The future involves the growing crisis of climate change, which the APA “Framers” certainly didn’t fathom, and didn’t write into any regulatory guidelines. And should the APA be tasked to tackle the current housing crisis?
Because the APA is a political agency – created and controlled by the Governor and Legislature – it is ultimately controlled by the public. The purpose of the July 27 program is to help move that process forward into the future.
Angry people aren’t lighting bonfires on the APA’s lawn in Raybrook anymore, and the agency’s regulatory authority and guidance are generally well-accepted these days. But there is still lively debate about whether the Agency has too heavy a hand, or too light a touch.
The Adirondack History Museum is at 7590 Court St, Elizabethtown, NY. 518-873-6466. www.adkhistorymuseum.org. A one-time president of the Museum, Richard Lawrence of Elizabethtown, was also the founding chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency, and played a crucial role in its creation.