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.
The APA can help continue this great history and tradition of local planning through the following:
Assistance in Starting a Planning Program
We can help put together a work schedule, citizen surveys and other elements to get you started. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part!
- 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)
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)
Variance Referral Cover Sheet (2/13/2019)
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 LGD Information will be posted the the right side-bar of this page.
NYS Department of State Article:
Annual Training for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Members (pdf 39kb)
NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Publication:
Promoting the Training of Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials Fact Sheet (pdf 487kb)
Sample Town/Village Resolution for Annual Training for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeal Members (MS Word 24kb)
Sample Form for Completion of Training: Planning Board and ZBA Members Certified Statement of Completion of Required Training (MS Word 29kb)
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...
22nd Annual Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference
Wednesday April 3 & Thursday April 4, 2019
Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, NY
- Exhibitor Registration
- Exhibitor Information
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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.
Resolution Adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency Commends the Town of Inlet for Water Quality Legislation
Resolution adopted October 9, 2014 by the Adirondack Park Agency commends the Town of Inlet for its enactment of legislation to protect water quality through the mandatory inspection of onsite wastewater treatment systems.
Local Government Efficiency Grant Program from the NYS Dept. of State's Local Government Services