Adirondack Park Agency

  • 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.

  • Adirondack Park Agency Emergency Projects Response Process

    For the review of emergency projects undertaken to respond to an immediate threat to life or property, the Agency requests that the project sponsor (town, county, landowner, NYS agency, etc) provide the location (address, GPS coordinates, road mile marker, etc.), current conditions and details of the scope of work to be undertaken. The material can be submitted in a letter format, and/or a spreadsheet with descriptions and photos to the Agency’s Jurisdictional Office  Agency staff will conduct an expedited review process to provide the Emergency Certification.

    Once there is no longer an immediate threat to life or property, project sponsors can seek Emergency Recovery Authorization from the Agency for any additional planned repairs, remediation, or recovery from the emergency. Please provide a brief statement which identifies the emergency, a description of the proposed project and need for the project, documentation of existing conditions, a location map, and proposed environmental impact mitigation. Please provide as much information and detailed plans as possible, including a scaled plan or sketch map depicting the proposal, to assist Agency staff in an expeditious review. This information can also be submitted to the Agency’s Jurisdictional Office

    For more information please see Emergency Projects Flyer and Frequently Asked Questions

    To review the APA Emergency Projects Regulation please download here

    Please contact APA Jurisdictional Inquiry Office to discuss Emergency Projects at 518-891-4050

  • December/November Agency Board Highlights

    December Agency Meeting

    The Adirondack Park Agency Board was joined by Adirondack Diversity Initiative core team members and staff from Governor Cuomo’s Office to welcome Nicole Hylton-Patterson – the Executive Director of the newly created Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI). On her ninth day on the job Executive Director Hylton-Patterson provided an overview of ADI’s mission and first six month goals. ADI is a coalition of over 30 organizations and businesses working to make the Adirondack Park a more welcoming and inclusive community. Presiding Board Member Bradley Austin presents Nicole Hylton-Patterson with a Certificate of Appreciation.

    Please click here for Certificate of Appreciation

    .APA Staff/Board ADI Presentation

    November Agency Meeting

    New York State Agencies Announce Commissioning of Renewable Biomass Heating System in Ray Brook

    "The Adirondack Park Agency is proud to be a part of Governor Cuomo's plan to combat the devastating impacts of climate change. At this critical time in history, Governor Cuomo is leading New York State forward with an energy policy that prioritizes clean renewable energy sources, bolsters local employment opportunities and safeguards the environment for future generations," said APA Executive Director Terry Martino. "The Ray Brook State Office Complex System is another outstanding lead-by-example project from the great state of New York."

    BioMass Facility

    Review of Agency Large-Scale Residential Subdivision Permits

    The Adirondack Park Agency provided an overview at the November Agency Board Meeting of large-scale subdivsions approved on Resource Mangement, Rural Use and Low Intensity land use areas inside the Adirondack Park from 2012 - 2019.

    To download powerpoint slides please click here

    Large Scale Subdivision Slide


  • New Adirondack Park Agency General Permit: 2019G-1

    The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a new General Permit and Order for the Replacement of Certain Utility Poles.

    General Permit 2019G-1 will be issued to regional and municipal utility companies within the Adirondack Park to allow for the replacement of certain utility poles on lands owned by or within rights-of-way held by utility companies or the New York State Department of Transportation.

    This General Permit/Order revokes General Permit 2017G-1 for the "Access to and Replacement of Utility Poles in Wetlands".

    To learn more about this General Permit and to download the form please click here: General Permit 2019-G1.

    About the Adirondack Park Agency

    The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in 1971 by the New York
    State Legislature with the mission to protect the public and private resources
    within the “Blue Line” of the Adirondack Park. The purpose of the APA Act is “to
    insure optimum overall conservation, development and use of the unique scenic,
    aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources
    of the Adirondack Park.”

    The Agency administers two regional land use plans: the Adirondack Park
    State Land Master Plan
    (APSLMP) and the Adirondack Park Private Land Use
    and Development Plan
    . These documents classify State and private lands according
    to their characteristics and capacity to sustain use.

    To learn more about the Adirondack Park Agency please read the Adirondack Park Agency Citizens Guide.

  • 2019 Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan

    APSLMP Cover Page

    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!    

    . TeleCom Tower Map