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Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.
Anneke Larrance with her two young chickens, in the village of Canton.

Zoning 101: Who gets to have chickens?

Here in the North Country, we live in communities that are divided up into different zones: Town or village, residential or agricultural. But is a village also part of a town? Is a town more rural than a village? Different zones have different rules. How do those rules get written? What if people disagree? What if the rules conflict? Or overlap? It can get complicated.

Take Canton. And take chickens.

A couple of weeks ago, after a year-long debate, the Town of Canton decided to allow people to have chickens, with some big caveats. You have to submit a plan to the planning board, pay $40, you can have a maximum of six chickens. But the ironic thing is that the Village of Canton already allows chickens.  Go to full article
Cities and towns around the country have started allowing chickens and other agricultural activities in residential areas.<br />Photo: Photo: <a href="">Rachel Tayse</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
Cities and towns around the country have started allowing chickens and other agricultural activities in residential areas.
Photo: Photo: Rachel Tayse, CC some rights reserved

Canton moves toward chickens, vegetable farms

The town of Canton is moving forward with zoning changes that would allow chickens and community gardens in residential areas. The Town Council decided Monday to draft two separate rules, one governing animals, and one for vegetable gardens.

Canton supervisor David Button says allowing chickens presents unique issues, so the town wants to address those specifically.  Go to full article

Bill curtailing Adirondack Park Agency enforcement power fails in Assembly

An effort by North Country lawmakers to limit the enforcement power of the Adirondack Park Agency failed to pass the state Assembly last week. The bill which passed in the Senate would have placed a ten-year statute of limitations on environmental and zoning violations.

As Brian Mann reports, supporters of the change say they'll bring it back next session.  Go to full article
APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source:  APA)
APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source: APA)

New APA regs: Good government or power grab?

Today in Ray Brook the Adirondack Park Agency begins a series of public hearings on new regulations for boathouses in the Park. This latest round of rulemaking comes at a time when the APA has issued a series of new regulations affecting private land and development. The rules govern everything from shoreline homes to hunting camps. Supporters say the APA is doing its job, fleshing out the guidelines that protect water quality and conserve open space. But critics say state officials are steadily expanding their power over privately-owned land without authority from the legislature. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Businessman sues Adirondack green group for $2.1 million

An Adirondack businessman is suing the Adirondack Council, hoping to win more than 2 million dollars in damages. Leroy Douglas, from the town of Black Brook, claims that the green group intervened illegally in a state enforcement case involving his property. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.

SLC launches "No More Victims" campaign

A new education program will teach communities how to protect themselves from sex offenders. The St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Management Program is spearheading the effort, along with other county agencies. County Probation Director Francine Peretta says there's no program so comprehensive in New York State. The "No More Victims" campaign will feature radio ads and billboards. Next month they'll schedule community education meetings around the county. As Peretta told Gregory Warner, the goal is to root out some of the deep myths and fears around the subject.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)

Canadian Farmers to Blockade Ogdensburg Bridge

Tomorrow, a group of farmers and property rights advocates plan to stop traffic on the international bridge near Ogdensburg. Beginning at 9 in the morning, they say they'll blockade both lanes on the Canadian side of the bridge with dozens of tractors. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Shoreline Development Boom Within the Adirondack Park Prompts Zoning Debates

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning regulations restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Clean Energy Business Park Planned

Upstate New York will soon be the home of a clean energy business park. It'll be one of the first business parks in the U.S. specifically designed for companies that develop clean energy technology. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brodie has more.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 1

This spring, 135 people from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana took a trip to the east coast to get ideas about containing development and protecting farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant has this first report in a two-part series.  Go to full article

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