Public hearing on Mount Van Ho changes is May 24

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the Conference Center at Lake Placid to receive public comments on a new amendment to the 1986 Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg Unit Management Plan.

ORDA President and CEO Mike Pratt will present to the public the authority’s evolving plans at Mount Van Hoevenberg, which include a mountain coaster, a new trailhead to Cascade Mountain, a new biathlon stadium, new ski trails paved for summer use, a new base lodge, a snowmaking reservoir and parking lot upgrades.

Oral and written public comments will be accepted at the May 24 public hearing. Written public comments may also be submitted before or after the public hearing until the public comment period closes on June 9.

ORDA’s stated purpose and need for the UMP amendment is the ongoing improvement and modernization of facilities that will add to the public accessibility, increase user safety and enhance recreational pursuits, while simultaneously complying with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and Article XIV of the state Constitution.

ORDA is the lead agency for the Mount Van Hoevenberg project under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. ORDA has prepared and accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that accompanies the UMP. Public comments that are received on the UMP and DEIS will be addressed when ORDA prepares the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.