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Planning board starts work on ACR

January 26, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The town-village joint planning board is preparing to get into the nitty-gritty of the Adirondack Club and Resort application now that it has approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency.

"This is where our work begins," planning board Chairman Jim Larkin told the rest of the board at a Wednesday night meeting.

Planning board members need to get copies of the roughly 260 pages of permits the APA issued last week; then they can start making a game plan for their review at their next meeting. Larkin said he hopes to have an idea of the time frame for the planning board review at that point.

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All seven Tupper?Lake Planning Board members were present Wednesday for their first meeting since the Adirondack Club and Resort got approval last week from the state Adirondack Park Agency. They are, sitting from left, Chairman Jim Larkin, Jim Ellis, Bob Fuller, Bob Collier, Ben Peets, Don Dew Jr. and Ralph Russell.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)

The APA had originally written its permit for the ACR as an order with a separate list of conditions ACR developers must meet. But in January APA staff introduced a new draft of the permit that included an order section and 14 separate but linked individual permits for each section of the development.

Planning board members called it a good idea to format the permit that way, but it made it a little more confusing in some ways.

Larkin noted that the planning board is most interested in the conditions the APA is imposing on the project so board members can compare that with what they want to see from developers.

"If their conditions cover what we're asking, then there's no need for us to make a condition," Larkin said.

He asked town Planner Paul O'Leary to pull out each of the conditions from each of the individual permits and put them into a list like the one that was in earlier drafts of the APA permit to make it clearer.

Planning board member Bob Collier asked if it would be possible to make it clear what phase of development each permit will come into play in. Larkin answered that the phasing plan is in the order, which is common to all 14 permits.



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