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About the Park
About the Agency
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Addressing the Needs of Local Government
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) recognizes and applauds the efforts
of the hundreds of local board members, officials and other citizens
who have built the strong local planning programs we see in the
Adirondacks today. This body of work and experience represents a
testimony to the hard work of Adirondack citizens in building local
planning programs which reflect long term economic development as
well as conservation
of the natural character of our communities.
The APA can help continue this great history and tradition of local
planning through the following:
Assistance in starting a planning program - We
can help put together a work schedule, citizen surveys and other
elements to get you started. Sometimes getting started is the hardest
Local Land Use References -
Agency Approval of Local Programs - There are
important results and benefits of having an Agency-approved local
program, including a shared regulatory scheme in which the community
and the agency work from the same set of rules, with one zoning
map, the town acts on the Class B regional projects instead of the
Agency and typically, with only one permit required. There are eighteen
communities with Agency-approved programs and more working on that
option. APA staff will review with interested local officials and
boards the process involved in establishing a 'two-tiered system'
in your community. Information on the zoning amendment and SEQR process for Local Land Use Programs.
Community Workshops - APA staff can conduct workshops
on site review, visual assessments, project analysis and other subjects,
in conjunction with the Dept of State and other partners.
Local Government Day - This annual event in March is an opportunity for communities to come together to share ideas and a vision
for the future. The Conference is the result of collaboration
by the Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Park Local Government
Review Board, Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Dept.
of State, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Empire State
Thank you to all of the presenters, exhibitors and attendees for making the 2013 Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference a success. See you next year!
Local Planning Library - We have a resource base
for what other communities have done, which may help you start your
Mapping - We have the capacity to provide a base
map, APA map and others for your planning program. sample map
Regional Project "History" - We can
provide a review of what development we have reviewed in your community,
which may be useful in selection and development of land use planning
Listing of Adirondack Towns & Villages websites
Links to information you may find helpful...
-- (pdf 370kb)
APA Act -- (pdf
Regulations -- (pdf 443kb)
Maps & GIS at the APA
Adirondack Park Land Use and
Development Plan Map and State Land Map
2013 - Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference:
Thank you to the 340+ presenters, exhibitors and attendees for making the 2013 Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference a success. See you next year!
Annual Recognition Award: The Adirondack Park Local Government Day Committee was pleased to present the Annual Recognition Award to Teresa Sayward for her longstanding and meritorious career as a Town Supervisor, Chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors and State Assemblywoman.
Adirondack Park Excellence in Design Competition: Competition Winners Presentation (2,745KB)
Suggestion for next year? Email us at APA-LGSP@gw.dec.state.ny.us subject:LGD Topic
Please adjust your email settings to receive conference information from: APA-LGSP@gw.dec.state.ny.us
The Community Spotlight feature began in 2009 as a way to showcase the various municipalities in the Park. The program is an opportunity for the Agency members, as well as the public, to learn more about the many communities within the Adirondack Park.
Planning for Smart Growth and Expansion of Hamlets in the Adirondack Park - a new Report...
For more information on this project please see the Adirondack Community Housing Trust website or view Roger Trancik's presentation (large pdf, 49 MB) from the Adirondack Park Local Government Day.
Annual Training for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals
NYS Department of State Article:
Training for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Members
NYS DOS training courses
Online NYS DOS Training
NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Publication:
the Training of Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials Fact Sheet
Town/Village Resolution for Annual Training for Planning Board
and Zoning Board of Appeal Members (MS Word 24kb)
Form for Completion of Training: Planning Board and ZBA Members
Certified Statement of Completion of Required Training (MS Word
Local Government Review Board
Visit the Review Board's website...
Land Use Planning Consultants
List of Land Use Planning
Consultants Who Have Practiced In The Adirondacks
(pdf 58kb) revised January 10, 2013
Land Classification Information for Municipalities
Select a County, Town or Village in the Park and view acreage
statistics, maps and web links...
Amendments to the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map
Local governments and landowners can request changes to private land classifications.
Grant Application and Reference Materials
Regional Economic Development Councils
The New York State Archives Local Government Records Management
Improvement Fund grant
Contact the APA at 518-891-4050. Our receptionist will direct your
call to the appropriate staff.
Where to Find Needed Information:
In addition to the Fast FACTS listed at the bottom of this page
and our Documents section,
the following links may be helpful to local governments.
Smart Growth - helping local government to use smart, sensible planning to create livable communities, protect our natural resources and promote economic growth.
from the NYS Department of State Division of Local Government -
many documents including the Local Government Handbook,
Land Use Technical Series, Local Laws and Charters, General Local
Government Information and more.
Government GIS Development Guides - from the NYS Archive