Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
News:
UPCOMING EVENTS
January 13, 2017

 

NYS ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS ANNUAL MEETING

February 19, 2017 to February 22, 2017 

Times Square Marriott Marquis 

https://www.nytowns.org/node/1488

  

 

ADIRONDACK PARK LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAY

April 5, 2017 & April 6, 2017

Crown Plaza Resort -Lake Placid

http://apa.ny.gov/Local_Government/index.html

 

 

Smart Growth
January 12, 2017

SMART GROWTH GRANTS

 

Governor Cuomo has announced the availabilty of $545,000 for Smart Growth grants for Adirondack Park communities and organizations.  The deadline for applications is 2:00 pm on March 31, 2017.

  

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/103864.html

 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-800000-smart-growth-grants-adirondack-park-and-catskill-park 

 

 

 

Danzer
January 08, 2017

DANZER FORESTLANDS EASEMENT

 

The NY State DEC and Danzer Forestlands, Inc are at a negotiation stalemate on 20,500 acres of state easement lands at Long Pond in the Town of Colton, St Lawrence County.  Approximately 30-40 camps could be lost.  

http://northcountrynow.com/news/dec-says-media-reports-compromise-reached-colton-camp-owners-are-incorrect-0189318

 

http://northcountrynow.com/news/colton-man-leading-hail-mary-campaign-save-40-adirondack-camps-demolition-0188280 

 

http://northcountrynow.com/news/st-lawrence-county-lawmakers-ask-state-intervene-behalf-30-camps-colton-may-have-be-removed-013

 

 

Classification
January 07, 2017

APA LAND CLASSIFICATION

 

AATV SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE 1 for BOREAS PONDS TRACT 

AATV is steadfast in the position that Alternative 1 is the only classification that both protects the environment and allows reasonable access for all ages and abilities, including the physically fit and disabled.  This mix of both Wild Forest and Wilderness classification outlined in Alternative 1 creates a balance of protection for sensitive lands and recreational use of existing infrastructure (logging roads).  The Five Towns have significantly compromised to support this classification.  Any other alternative proposed will extinguish both tourism and new economic opportunities for the area.            

 

Watch video of the Boreas Tract at ACCESS the ADIRONDACKS

http://www.accessadk.com/images/boreas2.mp4

http://www.accessadk.com/ 

 

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners recommend proposed land classifications to Governor Cuomo, according to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP).  Governor Cuomo may then accept, modify, or reject the APA recommendation.        

2016 - 2017 Amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan involving the Classification and Reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands in the Adirondack Park which include the Boreas Ponds Tract, 32 Additional Classification Proposals, 13 Reclassification Proposals, and 56 Classifications involving map corrections.  For specific details and maps please visit: http://apa.ny.gov/

   

  • The Adirondack Park Agency Act requires the Agency to classify state lands according to "their characteristics and capacity to withstand use."  Each classification level is clearly defined in the Adirondack Park State Land Use Master Plan.  We call upon the Park Agency to adhere to these requirements and definitions whenever classifying or reclassifying properties


  • We believe that many of the properties under review have the characteristics and capacity to be considered "Wild Forest" and should be classified as such.  A "Wild Forest" classification allows for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities, and a range of recreational activities that expands the numbers of people who may be attracted to our region.  With broad recreation options comes increased visitors and economic survival for our local communities


  • New York State's acquisition, and responsible recreational management, of Adirondack properties can attract more visitors to the region and strengthen the economies of small Adirondack towns - if those properties are reasonably accessible to people of all ages and abilities.


  • Access and environmental protection are not goals in opposition.  The combination has worked well throughout much of the Adirondack Park.  Public access builds appreciation for the Adirondack forest and Adirondack communities and attracts new visitors to the region.  The Unit Management Plan process helps ensure that appropriate environmental safeguards are in place. 


  • By providing reasonable access to newly acquired properties, New York State will give recreationalists new places to visit, and relieve some of the public over-use of the Adirondack High Peaks. 


  • Making Adirondack properties accessible to children of all ages will provide parents with a valuable opportunity to teach their families about respect for the environment, and cultivate future generations of Adirondack recreationalists.


  • The classification process determines only the universe of public uses that may be allowed on the property.  Final decisions on specific allowable uses, and appropriate environmental safeguards, are not determined until the Unit Management Plan process.  We encourage the Park Agency to establish classifications that allow for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities based upon the history and characteristics of each individual property, and to use the UMP process to apply appropriate environmental safeguards. 

 

 

 

Amendment
January 01, 2017

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 

HEALTH and SAFETY LAND BANK

AATV is an advocate for the constitutional amendment to establish a Land Bank, but is dispirited by the reduction from the originally proposed 750 acres. 

 

This proposed amendment to article 14 of the New York State Constitution will allow public utility lines, municipal water supply, environmental infrastructure, highway & bridge improvements, and bicycle paths on certain state lands in the Forest Preserve to be transferred to a town, village, or county without the need for an explicit constitutional amendment.  A total of no more than 250 acres shall be used where no viable alternative exists and other criteria developed by the state legislature are satisfied.  The State shall then acquire 250 acres of other lands for incorporation back into the Forest Preserve.  State legislative approval will be required prior to actual transfer of title. 

 

SPECIFIC DETAILS:


According to the NY State Constitution, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the NY State Legislature in order to qualify an amendment for the ballot.  First legislative session passage occurred in both the State Senate and State Assembly last session (2016).  Passage is again required by both bodies in the next session for the amendment to appear on the ballot for the voters of NY State to approve.  

 

 

      

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The Adirondack Park consists of over six million acres which is located in the northeastern corner of New York State.  The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the 48 contiguous states and Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park would all fit into it with room to spare. There are 102 Towns and Villages located within the Adirondack Park.

 
 
 

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