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APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

APA Explores Roll In Affordable Housing

The Adirondack Park Agency begins two days of meetings today with local government leaders. This year's seminar in Saranac Lake will focus on affordable housing. Many elected officials, including state Senator Betty Little, say local residents are being squeezed out of mountain villages by skyrocketing home prices and property taxes. In other parts of the country, zoning agencies similar to the APA have played a major role in establishing affordable housing programs. Brian Mann spoke with APA executive director Dick LeFebvre and communications director Keith McKeever. They say the Agency is still exploring the role it will take in encouraging new projects.  Go to full article

Tupper Delays Resort Zoning Changes

Tupper Lake residents last night asked the town board not to rush into a series of zoning changes requested by developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. The resort is the largest project ever reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency: some 6,000 acres, including the former Big Tupper Ski Area. The developers say they need the zoning changes to move the proposal along. But, as Chris Knight reports, the town board delayed a vote and will try to answer some of the questions raised last night.  Go to full article

Two Routes Proposed for Tupper Lake Power Line

Tupper Lake residents are closer to getting a badly needed power line. Two proposed routes for the line await approval by the Adirondack Park Agency.  Go to full article

Controversial Lake George Cell Tower Faces APA Opposition

State officials with the Adirondack Park Agency say a cell phone tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is unnecessary and would harm the region's scenic views. A company called Nextel hopes to disguise the tower as a fake pine tree. Environmental groups have called the project "frankenpine". Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Tower Feud: Saratoga County & APA Square Off

The Adirondack Park Agency has worked hard to improve relations with local governments in the region. But last week, a dispute with Saratoga County erupted into public. Town and county officials hope to build three emergency broadcast towers on prominent mountain summits inside the Park. They've accused the Park Agency of delaying a project that's vital for public safety.
APA officials say the towers could do unnecessary harm to forests and scenic views. They say Saratoga County has been uncooperative and has refused to consider more environmentally-friendly technology. As Brian Mann reports, the feud could shape the APA's response to other government-sponsored projects.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Development Will Require Big Public Investment

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its review of a massive new housing development in Tupper Lake. The proposal would mean more than eight hundred new condos and high-end vacation homes, built on a six-thousand acre parcel surrounding the Big Tupper Ski area. The development has broad support in Tupper Lake. But many locals still have questions about the project's financing. It appears that much of the infrastructure -- roads, sewers, and electrical lines -- will be built by state and local governments. As Brian Mann reports, local officials and the project's developers say taxpayers will be protected. But they've refused to say how much the public investment will cost.

CORRECTION: In Brian Mann's story on the Big Tupper development that aired December 24th, 2004, we reported that Tupper Lake resident Jim Ellis was working as a paid consultant for the project. The story mistakenly implied that Ellis had been hired by the project's developer, Preserve Associates. Jim Ellis works for the Adirondack North Country Association and as a consultant for the town and village. He has not received any compensation from Michael Foxman or the developers of Big Tupper. We apologize for the error.  Go to full article

APA Studies Scenic Impact of Proposed Subdivision

A developer hopes to build an eight-home subdivision on the outskirts of Lake Placid. The land sits on the edge of a wilderness area and straddles part of the popular Jackrabbit Ski Trail. As Brian Mann reports, the Adirondack Park Agency wants to study the project's impact on scenic views in the area.  Go to full article
From "The Privately Owned Adirondacks"
From "The Privately Owned Adirondacks"

The Privately Owned Adirondacks Caps a Writing Career

For more than thirty years, Barbara McMartin has been one of the Adirondack Park's leading thinkers and conservationists. Though often controversial, McMartin is more than a gadfly. Her books on the policy and history of the region have influenced a generation of politicians and activists. Until recently, she chaired the state's Forest Preserve Advisory committee. Her popular guidebooks have led hikers and paddlers into the remotest corners of the mountains. McMartin's latest book - which she describes as her last - details the complex history of private land ownership in the Park. The Privately Owned Adirondacks was written while she struggled with cancer. Brian Mann visited Barbara McMartin recently at her home in Canada Lake, to her talk about the book, her life and the future of the Adirondack Park.

NOTE: McMartin is scheduled to speak about her book Monday evening, July 27, 2004, at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.  Go to full article
Ross Whaley
Ross Whaley

APA Chair Ross Whaley: Everyday Challenges, Future Visions

Ross Whaley came to the Adirondack Park Agency last September from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He was president at ESF for 16 years, and then was University Professor. As Professor, his interest was the political economy of sustainable development. As chairman of the Park Agency, that's still where his interest lies. But it's now focused on the 6 million-acre park, where he sees the potential for a model of environmental and economic symbiosis. Realizing the vision is largely in the future. Whaley told Martha Foley his first year has been taken up with learning the ropes, and responding to challenges he's inherited from the first 30 years of APA history.  Go to full article
Dr. Ross Whaley<br />Source:  SUNY CESF
Dr. Ross Whaley
Source: SUNY CESF

New APA Chairman Ross Whaley Confirmed By Senate

The Governor's choice to lead the Adirondack Park Agency was confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate. Ross Whaley, who lives in Tupper Lake, will take over chairmanship of the APA in October. As Brian Mann reports, Whaley begins his term with broad political support, but he also faces tough and controversial issues.  Go to full article

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