The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is a New York State government agency, consisting of 54 staff and an eleven-member board. In 1971 the APA was created by the State Legislature to develop long-range public and private land use plans for the largest park in the continental United States.
Recent Remote Public Hearings
The APA will hold a remote public hearing for proposed shoreline variance 2020-0055.
Date: July 21, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Web Access: https://tinyurl.com/P2020-0055 Phone Access: 1-518-549-0500 Local or 1-844-633-8697 Access Code: 161 803 6922
Major Project Public Comment Periods
Major Project: P2019-0197 New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC (AT&T)
Description: Installation of a self-supporting 150-foot-tall monopole telecommunications tower in the Town of Newcomb/Essex County.
Comment Deadline: July 7, 2020 - For more info click here
Major Project: P2020-0088 Craigardan, Inc.
Description: Establishment of a new commercial use farm store in the Town of Elizabethtown, Essex County.
Comment Deadline: July 9, 2020 - For more info click here
Major Project: 2020-0089 Saranac River Barns, LLC
Description: Construction of two additional buildings for commercial use boat storage on a site with existing storage in the Town of St. Armand/Essex County
Comment Deadline: July 9, 2020 - For more info click here
Following current State directives and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adirondack Park Agency has implemented precautionary protocols for staff and their interactions with the public. To achieve the most efficient response, please call our main number at 518-891-4050 or please email your inquiry to APAsubmissions@apa.ny.gov.
The Agency is now scheduling site visits. All site visits will be conducted in strict accordance with the Agency’s Protocol for Public and Private Land Site Visits.
The Agency will not conduct walk-in consultations for the foreseeable future. There will be very limited public access to the Agency building. Please call the Agency regarding any consultation needs.
The Agency continues to electronically accept jurisdictional inquiries, applications, and related submissions. Please submit all jurisdictional inquiries email@example.com. Please use the new electronic jurisdictional inquiry form and sign electronically per instructions provided. If unable to submit via email, hard copy submissions will be accepted but delays may occur.
Please send applications and submissions by email to APAsubmissions@apa.ny.gov. All applications and submissions should be in PDF or similar format and be legible. Electronic copies of plans must be fully scalable. Applications must contain scans of signatures affixed by hand or electronic signatures consistent with the Electronic Signatures and Records Act.
The Agency will continue to evaluate wetland delineations and soils analysis/deep hole test pits provided by private consultant professionals. Confirmation of results through staff inspection may be required. The Agency maintains lists of consultants in the Adirondack Park that perform these services. The lists can be found at www.apa.ny.gov/Forms/index.cfm, under the “Help for Applicants” link.
Also, please note that in accordance with Executive Order 202.11 and subsequent extensions, Sections 806, 808, 809, and 814 of the Executive Law, Section 24-0801 of the Environmental Conservation Law, and associated regulations are temporarily suspended or modified to the extent necessary to suspend the statutory and regulatory time periods required for the Adirondack Park Agency to respond to requests for variances, permit modifications and otherwise process permit requests.
Deadlines for recording Agency-issued permits with the County Clerk’s Office are suspended until further notice.
Please direct all media inquiries to the Agency’s Public Information Officer Keith McKeever via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 518-354-9698.
The Adirondack Park Agency Salutes the Outstanding Public Service of Recently Retired Staff Members Douglas Miller, Mary Palmer, Norma Howard and Board Member William Thomas.
Due to the uniquie circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic the Agency conducted a retirement parade for recently retired staff members.
Douglas Miller retired on June 24, 2020 after a thirty-one-year career with the State of New York. He was an Environmental Program Specialist 2 who effectively managed the Jurisdictional Inquiry Office for the past nine years. His comprehensive knowledge of Agency statutes combined with strong communication skills made him an outstanding point of first contact with the public. Throughout his career he exemplified professionalism and was integral to successful efforts to streamline Agency processes. He served as a mentor to new staff members and was also a leader in building staff camaraderie.
Mary Palmer retired on June 24, 2020 as an Office Assistant 2 after dutifully completing sixteen years of exceptional service to the Agency. Ms. Palmer provided professional support to the Legal, State Land and Public Communication Divisions. She effectively organized extensive application records and public comments including high profile projects like the Adirondack Club and Resort and numerous State Land actions. Her attention to detail and calm demeanor was cherished by all staff who she graciously assisted. Mary Palmer organized many special events for colleagues and she annually coordinated the Holiday Helpers program.
Norma Howard retired on April 29, 2020 after serving as the Agency Receptionist for 14 years. Ms. Howard greeted all visitors to the Agency’s headquarters with politeness and a smile that put people at ease. She was responsible for directing all communication to the appropriate staff and did so with great efficiency. Her kind and generous nature was always on display especially when organizing the beloved Michigan Luncheons.
William Thomas faithfully served as an In-Park Board Member from December 2006 until June 2020. Mr. Thomas most recently served as Chair of the Public Awareness and Communication Committee. He was a long-serving member of the Local Government Services, State Land, and Enforcement Committees. During his tenure, the Agency approved the historic Finch Pruyn State Land Classifications, improved telecommunication coverage, streamlined regulatory processes, and strengthened communication with local government officials. Mr. Thomas often voluntarily traveled across the Park to attend public hearings on proposed Agency actions. He was a dedicated advocate for the Adirondack Park, its people and communities.
Adirondack Park Agency pays tribute to colleague Thomas Saehrig
The Adirondack Park Agency extends its sincerest condolences to the Saehrig Family who lost a truly devoted family man and most generous soul. Mr. Saehrig was a dedicated public servant who was revered by his colleagues for his professionalism and inspiring mentorship. His Adirondack Park Agency family will truly miss his steady influence and kind nature.
2019 APA Annual Report
APA Executive Director Terry Martino said, "As we proceed during these unprecedented times, it is reassuring to reflect upon the outstanding commitment of Agency staff and Board members to the Adirondack Park and its 101 municipalities. I am proud to share with you the 2019 Annual Report accomplishments of the Adirondack Park Agency. The report documents the project review, interdisciplinary planning, and decisions which are science based and incorporate best management practices. All efforts combine to ensure the long-term sustainability and protection of this magnificent region. Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, we look forward to the tasks and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Please click 2019 Annual Report to download report
May Agency Board Highlights
May Agency Meeting
The Adirondack Park Agency Board convened remotely in May using Covid-19 precautionary protocols. Highlights were approval for a herbicide treatment to combat Eurasian watermilfoil in Minerva Lake in the Town of Minerva, Essex County and the Agency Board found the Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment conforms with the State Land Master Plan.
2019 Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan
The August 2019 version of the APSLMP contains the latest State Land Classification and Reclassification Actions including the final tract of the historic Finch Pruyn & Company land deal – the 20,543 acre Boreas Ponds parcel. The State’s unprecedented, multi-year land transaction with The Nature Conservancy resulted in the acquisition and classification of nearly 65,000 acres of globally significant forests. This represents the largest Forest Preserve expansion in the history of the Adirondack Park.
In addition, revisions to the definition of the Travel Corridor Classification and related management guidelines are included. The Travel Corridor revisions maximize public recreational opportunities, broaden economic impact and ensure the protection of the Park’s unique natural and historic resources.
To download the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan please click here
Telecommunication Coverage Inside the Adirondack Park
The Adirondack Park Agency, in partnership with Telecommunication Providers, Local Governments and Park Stakeholders, has successfully improved telecommunication coverage throughout the Adirondack Park.
Over 400 telecommunication permits issued to date!