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.
- Creating the Community You Want: Municipal Options for Land Use Control (340kb)
- Map of Towns and Villages in the Adirondack Park with Local Land Use Controls (438kb)
- Map of 18 Municipalities with Agency-approved Local Land Use Programs (880kb)
- Sample Motions From Mark Schachner's Presentation at 2014 LGD Conference (Courtesy of Mark Schachner of Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC)
- NYSERDA Solar Guidebook - Tools for local governments to manage solar development
- Hamlets 3 - Planning for Smart Growth and Expansions of Hamlets in the Adirondack Park
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 Dept of State and other partners.
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.
Local Official's Guide to SEQR (NYS DEC Publication)
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 Development.
Note: Current information will be posted to the LGD page.
Links to information you may find helpful...
Training for Local Officials
NYS Department of State Article on Training for Planning Board & ZBA Members
Find More Information...
NYS Department of State - Division of Local Government Services
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 5/3/2019)
Land Classification Information for Municipalities
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
The New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund grant application information...
Contact the APA at 518-891-4050. Our receptionist will direct your call to the appropriate staff.
Local Government Efficiency Grant Program from the NYS Dept. of State's Local Government Services