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Are North Country zoning rules promoting sprawl?

What if we're accidentally ruining our small towns in the North Country?

What if, with the best intentions, we've adopted planning and zoning rules that are actually making neighborhoods and downtowns less appealing, less liveable?

Randall Arendt is a conservation design planner and author of a series of books about rural development who will speak this week at a conference in the Adirondacks.

Arendt says from the Adirondack Park Agency right down to local zoning boards, people in the North Country have adopted ideas that don't fit our small towns.

Arendt spoke recently with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

A house made of straw

The big bad wolf gave straw houses a pretty bad reputation. But it turns out straw bale houses are incredibly strong and energy efficient. The century-old building material is making a comeback as an eco-friendly choice for modern home construction. And these homeowners aren't afraid of a little wind. One woman is even building a straw bale house in the sometimes cold, blustery climate of the east. Joyce Kryszak tells us her story.  Go to full article

Legislation to make more efficient homes

This session of Congress has pledged to take on the issue of climate change. A bill in the Senate is already awaiting action. But the House has already passed the sweeping Clean Energy And Security Act. One piece of that bill could change the way homes are built in this country. In short, they'd use a lot less energy, but cost is a concern. Tamara Keith has more.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg seeks its share of fed housing stimulus

Ogdensburg officials are asking for a federal grant to rehab foreclosed homes - and turn them into affordable housing for the city's low-income residents. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Counties plan to sue Adirondack Park Agency, more suits likely

At least four North Country counties are planning to sue the Adirondack Park Agency. At issue are new shoreline restrictions approved last month. The rules limit construction and expansion of waterfront homes without an APA variance. As Brian Mann reports, local leaders say political changes in Albany will mean more lawsuits against state agencies.  Go to full article

Environmental Group Opposes Tupper Resort

A pro-environment group has stepped up as the first major organization to oppose the Adirondack Club development in Tupper Lake. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says large-scale resort developments like the Big Tupper project could splinter private land that has long been used for logging and wildlife habitat. Environmental groups have also raised questions about proposed large-scale developments in Jay, Old Forge, and North Creek. The association's Dan Plumley spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

APA: Spiegel's House Must Comply

The Adirondack Park Agency moved a step closer on Friday to forcing the removal of a controversial mansion in Lake Placid. Following the recommendation of APA staff, the agency board voted unanimously to suspend Arthur Spiegel's permit until environmental conditions are fully satisfied.  Go to full article

2002 Home Sales Sharply Up

The real estate market in parts of the North Country saw significant growth in 2002. Prices for single family homes also rose. David Sommerstein reports low interest rates and the stagnant stock market have been enticing people to buy new homes.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Home Sales Rise

Over the last six months, low interest rates and a shaky stock market have helped boost home sales in St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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