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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

Survey peers into Canton's future

The Canton Economic Development Steering Committee wants to look into the community's future, through the eyes of the people who live and work there. Committee members are updating their old Community Action Plan -- written in the 1990s to guide both community and economic development. First, members want to know more about who lives in Canton these days, why, and the changes THEY'D make.

Kathy Curro is a volunteer with the steering committee. She's one of the people helping to re-write the 11 year-old action plan. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

More than Walmart on Potsdam's horizon

Walmart's effort to build a Supercenter on Route 11 in Potsdam is on hold. The retail giant's septic system plan for the site was rejected by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC says Walmart needs to install a back-up leach field. Walmart has fired up fierce debate in Potsdam. It's also drawn the attention of more national chains. As David Sommerstein reports, another debate is looming over long-term planning.  Go to full article

Controversy Builds Over Lk. Placid House

The Adirondack Park Agency is embroiled in a new political and legal controversy involving one of Governor Pataki's allies. Art Spiegel, a businessman who lives in Plattsburgh, has sued the agency over its decision to suspend a permit for a controversial mansion in Lake Placid. Martha Foley and Brian Mann have more:  Go to full article

Adirondack Development: Thirty Years After Park Agency Act, Industry and Sprawl Are Reshaped

For three decades, the Adirondack Park Agency has shaped and restricted use of private land in the Adirondacks. The Agency's regulations affect thousands of property owners and more than 3.5 million acres of land. They're viewed as a model by pro-environment groups, but some locals say the zoning plan has damaged small towns and villages. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann assesses the Act's impact on the region. Today, he looks at two types of development where the regulations have meant dramatic changes: rural sprawl and heavy industry.  Go to full article

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