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APA will talk land classification package this week

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing on a huge state land classification package this week, at the same time as it meets to discuss, among other things, the Saranac Lake Marina and a biomass heating system for this hamlet’s state office complex.

Regular meeting

The APA will have its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday at its headquarters in Ray Brook. A half-day meeting on Wednesday starts at 1 p.m. with Executive Director Terry Martino’s report.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Regulatory Programs Committee will vote on an appeal of a third notice of incomplete application for the Saranac Lake Marina.

After the marina discussion, the committee will hear about two proposed telecommunication towers in Washington County.

On Thursday starting at 9:15 a.m., the Regulatory Programs committee will hear about a proposed biomass heating system at the state office complex in Ray Brook — comprising the APA, state Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Police offices next to each other on state Route 86 — and then another telecommunication tower in St. Lawrence County.

At 11 a.m., the State Land Committee will decide whether to proceed to a public comment period of State Land Master Plan conformance for the Lake Champlain Island Complex Unit Management Plan.

After lunch, the Economic Affairs Committee will hear a report from Chris Maron on Champlain Area Trails work to develop and maintain multi-use trails in the Champlain Valley.

The Local Government Services committee will consider a vote on whether to approve the town of Lake George local land use program amendment.

The full agency will reconvene at 2:30 p.m.

Classification hearing

The APA will also hold a public hearing on a proposed land classification package at 7 p.m. Wednesday at agency headquarters.

More than 100 parcels of land are up for classification in the Adirondacks this year. This will be the first classification process the APA has undertaken in the last five years, except for classification of the Essex Chain Lakes parcel last fall. More than 54,000 acres of land are set to be classified or reclassified.

The APA is proposing the addition of more than 16,000 acres of wilderness, most of which would be in the Boreas Ponds tract. The Agency also proposes adding 161 acres of primitive, 17,427 acres of wild forest, 108 acres of state administrative, 75 acres of intensive use and 2.5 acres of historic land.

There will be an additional seven public hearings around the state through the beginning of December, and public comments will be accepted both at the hearings and in writing until Dec. 30 this year. Public comments on all 102 parcels will be accepted via email at classificationcomments@apa.ny.gov, or by mail to Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977.

To see the proposed land classifications, visit www.apa.ny.gov/state_land/index.html.