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Storm response, telecommunications top APA agenda this week

Commissioners will tour resort site Friday in Tupper Lake

October 10, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency holds its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

This month's meeting is one day only at the agency headquarters in Ray Brook. On Friday, the Board of Commissioners and executive team staff will visit the location of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake. Administrative Law Judge Daniel O'Connell will supervise the site visit. Anyone interested in participating must sign a release, and participants should meet by 8:45 a.m. at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park on state Route 3 (Demars Boulevard) across from the shopping plaza. Due to ex parte requirements, no dialogue is permitted between commissioners and members of the media or public regarding the ACR.

The full agency will convene at 9 a.m. Thursday and begin with Executive Director Terry Martino's monthly report.

At 9:30 a.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will be updated by APA and state Department of Environmental Conservation staff on the ongoing emergency response to Tropical Storm Irene.

The committee will also consider two variance requests:

Project variance 2003-80 involves a shoreline variance request for the construction of a single-family dwelling within one-eighth of a mile of a wilderness critical environmental area and the installation of an on-site wastewater treatment system within 100 feet of a navigable water body. The project site is located in the town of Fine, St. Lawrence County.

Project variance 2010-205 involves a request for a shoreline structure setback variance to construct a whitewater recreational park on the Sacandaga River. The project site is located in the town of Hadley, Saratoga County.

After considering these, the committee will receive an update on the status of the previously approved and amended Ski Bowl Village at Gore Mountain in North Creek, Warren County.

At 1 p.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will re-convene for an update on telecommunication projects.

At 2 p.m., the Park Ecology Committee will hear a presentation form Richard Z. Donovan, senior vice president and vice president of forestry at the Rainforest Alliance. Donovan will discuss his group as well as the forest products industry on a continental and global scale, third-party certification programs and sustainable forestry.

Daniel Spada, the APA's supervisor of natural resource analysis and scientific services, will report on his recent visit to Finland as a participant in a science exchange between the Wild Center nature museum in Tupper Lake and Heureka in Finland. Spada will address national parks and state forest lands, the wood products industry and sustainability.

At 3:30 p.m., the State Land Committee will convene to take action on revisions to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The committee will consider updates to area descriptions and statistical information found in its appendices, including statistical information on state administrative areas, easement lands and the Park's wild-scenic-recreational river system, as well as travel corridors.

At 4:15 p.m., the full agency will assemble to take action as necessary.

The meeting will conclude with committee reports as well as public and member comment.



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