Posts Tagged ‘APA’

Monday, February 26, 2024

APA Transparency Still An Uphill Climb

adirondack map

Transparency is defined as the quality of allowing light to pass through so that objects can be distinctly seen. When considering the transparency of public agencies, take the Adirondack Park Agency for instance, it is not just about the APA making information publicly available, but making that publicly available information understandable, intelligible, discernable, truly seen. In recent years and months, APA has made information much more publicly available on its website. However, it has not done a good job in making that information intelligible, discernable, distinctly seen.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Incredible Shrinking Adirondack Park Agency Board

When the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created over 50 years ago, it was at the forefront of environmental protection and regional land use regulation and planning for the Adirondacks, New York State, and the United States. The APA was established to “insure optimum overall conservation, protection, preservation, development and use of the unique scenic, aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources of the Adirondack park.” No small task, for sure. The APA Board, made up of eight individuals nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate and three representatives from state agencies, has “responsibility for developing long-range park policy in a forum reflecting statewide concern.” The APA, led by its Board, is supposed to be the lead agency for planning in the Adirondack Park and is supposed to oversee the management of the Forest Preserve.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Upcoming APA Board Meeting – Feb 8, 2024

APA logo.

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 8th, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Public invited to comment on plans for Revolutionary War soldiers’ remains

Public Comment Period Open Through February 19, 2024

 Ray Brook – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to the 1981 Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park Unit Management Plans (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on the draft amendment and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until February 19, 2024.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

The Mysterious Case Of The Disappearing Adjudicatory Hearing

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created by the Adirondack Park Agency Act (APA Act), which also established the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan (Development Plan) and gave the APA the responsibility for administering and enforcing the Development Plan. The APA implements its statutory responsibilities through its regulations and a series of policies. These regulations and policies establish the standards for how the APA implements the APA Act and reviews development projects in the Adirondack Park.

One part of the APA Act that has seen major changes in recent years is the strange and mysterious case of the disappearing formal adjudicatory public hearing as administered by the agency. There have been no changes the APA law, regulations, or policies, but the APA has made major changes to how it implements this part of its law, nevertheless.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

DEC admits to violation

West Canada Lake Wilderness

Over the summer Adirondack Wilderness Advocates and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve filed a complaint against the state Department of Environmental Conservation over motor vehicle use in wilderness. It was a rare test of how the Adirondack Park Agency, one of the state’s smallest entities, might reprimand one of the state’s largest, the DEC, for violating the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, the leading policy document governing the park.

This December, a resolution appeared in the DEC’s environmental notice bulletin with little information. You had to request the document from the APA. Once we did, we found that the DEC admitted to illegally driving ATVs and other motor vehicles in wilderness areas. The APA and DEC came to a “compliance agreement” that included reeducating staff on state land master plan rules.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

APA develops battery storage application

Battery modules

We have quite a bit of news to share with you out of last week’s Adirondack Park Agency (APA) meeting.

In light of a proposed battery storage system in Raquette Lake and the state’s working group studying battery fires, the APA announced it is creating an application for such infrastructure when it falls under the APA’s jurisdiction. You can read more about that, and the state’s working group update here.

 

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Next APA Board Meeting set for Nov. 16

 

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.  » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Awkward Moments at the APA

Carver Sand & Gravel owns an operation in Ephratah in Fulton County

During the APA’s October 12 meeting, I noted with appreciation the Adirondack Park Agency members who asked pertinent questions about the staff’s proposed permit for Carver Sand and Gravel in the town of Ephratah, Fulton County (Project 2022-0037). These questions and concerns included but were not limited to the proposed dramatic rise in the maximum number of daily truck trips out of the mine (from a maximum of 75 per day to a max of 200 per day).

 

For APA member Zoe Smith the letter from the Ephratah town board in the public comment file stood out to her because it is rare for a town board to raise detailed concerns about an APA project in writing. In this case the town raised issues of public safety and quality of life of neighbors to the mine should the permit be granted. What was the staff response to that detailed town letter in the public comment file, member Smith asked?

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Monday, October 23, 2023

APA Announces 2023 State Land Classification Action and Public Hearings

Action Includes the Classification and Reclassification of 6,000 Acres of State Land

Public Comment Period Open through November 27, 2023

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold a series of public hearings to solicit public comments for State Land classification and reclassification proposals. The 2023 classification package involves proposals for State Lands in 8 counties in the Park. The package includes 19 State Land classification proposals of recently acquired parcels totaling approximately 5,800 acres, 11 reclassification proposals totaling approximately 250 acres, and six classifications involving map corrections. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 7, 2023

APA to hold monthly meeting Oct. 12

APA logoRay Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 11, 2023

APA accepting public comment on wireless stations permit process until Sept. 29

APA logo.

Ray Brook, NY-  The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on a proposed new general permit to expedite the review for co-location, removal, or replacement of transmission equipment (eligible facilities requests) on existing wireless facilities or base stations inside the Adirondack Park that meet certain eligibility criteria.

Eligible facilities requests are defined under Section 6409 of the Spectrum Act of 2012 and implementing regulations 47 CFR 1.6100. They are considered any request for modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station.

The APA will accept public comment on proposed general permit 2023-G1 until September 29th, 2023.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

DEC, APA hold public comment periods for Rollins Pond & Golden Beach Campground & Day Use Area UMPs

Rollins Pond campground

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for the Rollins Pond and Golden Beach Campground and Day Use Area Unit Management Plans (UMPs). The public is invited to submit input on the draft plans, which will guide future management of the facilities over the next five years and their conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until September 18, 2023.

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Commentary on APA’s proposed headquarters move

apa headquarters

By James Connolly

The Adirondack Park Agency was established to be a regional land-use agency for the 6-million acres within the Adirondack Park. Just as important were environmental protections for wetlands and administration of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. From the very beginning of the Park Agency, it was appropriate for the headquarters to be located in Ray Brook next to its sister agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation. The two agencies, working together, administer many overlapping and complimentary regulations. Areas where the two agencies overlap and require consultation and coordination include APA classification of newly acquired State land, mining and mine land reclamation projects, wetlands regulations, shoreline stabilization projects, pesticide use & control of aquatic vegetation and regulation of Wild, Scenic & Recreational River corridors within the Park.

It has therefore always been assumed that APA & DEC were ideally located in Ray Brook. That is, until now. The Agency’s current Executive Director, Barbara Rice, has promoted the concept of a Village location as being “transformational”. At best, the amount of State money involved would provide limited benefit to the Village and a great deal of funding for the contractors and other construction-related activities. Her past role as a Village Trustee and local business owner may have led her to believe in overstating the case for a Village location, however, it also raises potential conflict of interest concerns given the lack of transparency in limiting analysis to only two locations. Isn’t it about time that the State Ethics Committee weighed-in with an opinion?

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Sunday, August 13, 2023

APA August 2023 Agency Meeting – Preliminary Agenda

APA logo.

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 17th and Friday August 18th, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov.

Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.
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