Adirondack Park Agency

Addressing the Needs of Local Government

There are 101 communities in the Adirondack Park consisting of 92 Towns and 9 Villages located within 12 Counties (updated 2017).

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.

Local Land Use References -

Solar - The Adirondack Park Agency has resources to help your community plan for solar.

Local Planning Library - We have a resource library of what other communities have done, which may help you start your community's plan. The New York State Department of State also has a search tool for local laws available on their Local Government Services webpage.

Mapping - We have the capacity to provide a base map, APA map and others for your planning program. Think you know your Adirondack Towns & Villages? Try your hand at filling them in Blank Park 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 tools.

Community Workshops - APA staff can conduct workshops on site review, visual assessments, project analysis and other subjects, in conjunction with the Deptartment of State and other partners.

Real Estate Professionals - Training Presentation

Listing of Adirondack Town & Village websites - If your Town/Village information was not included or is inaccurate, please email us @ (updated 7/10/2019)

Agency-approved Local Land Use Programs (ALLUPs)

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.

ALLUP References/Forms:

Agency-approved Local Land Use Program Flyer

NJ Letters in Towns/Villages with an Agency-approved Local Land Use Program

Process for Amending Local Land Use Programs

Local Official's Guide to SEQR (NYS DEC Publication)

Variance Referral Cover Sheet

Links to information you may find helpful...

Citizen's Guide -- (pdf 370kb)
Rules and Regulations
Maps & GIS at the APA
Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map

Training for Local Officials  

NYS Department of State Article on Training for Planning Board & ZBA Members

NYS DOS Training Courses 

Online NYS DOS Training 

NYS Tug Hill Commission (click on "Training" Tab)

2021 Black River Watershed (virtual) Conference

Find More Information...

NYS Department of State - Division of Local Government Services

Visit the LGS Division website...

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

Land Classification Information for Municipalities

State and private land class acreage by county, town, and village.

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 application information...


Agency Contacts:

Contact the APA at 518-891-4050. Our receptionist will direct your call to the appropriate staff.

Grant Opportunities

NYS Consolidated Funding Application

Local Government Efficiency Grant Program from the NYS Dept. of State's Local Government Services

Green Innovation Grant Program

NYS Smart Growth

US EPA Smart Growth

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

NYS Office of Community Renewal

NYS EPF - Local Waterfront Revitalization Program