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
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 -
Local Planning Library - We have a resource library of 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.
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
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.
Listing of Adirondack Towns & Villages websites - If your Town/Village infromation was not included or is inaccurate, please email us @ LocalGovernment@apa.ny.gov
Agency-approved Local Land Use Programs (ALLUPs)
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.
Local Government Day
This annual event in April 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 Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference a continued success.
Note: Current LGD Information will be posted the the right side-bar of this page.
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 (pdf 39kb)
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 (pdf 487kb)
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
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.
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.
Links to information you may find helpful...
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Maps & GIS at the APA
Adirondack Park Land Use and
Development Plan Map and State Land Map