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ENB - Region 5 Notices 07/21/2010

Public Notice

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Variance from Shoreline Restrictions

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to §806 of the Adirondack Park Agency Act (Article 27 of the Executive Law) and 9 NYCRR Parts 572, 575, and 576, the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing regarding the application of YMCA Camp Chingachgook (Capital District YMCA) for a variance from the shoreline restrictions of §806, Adirondack Park Agency variance application 2009-174. This legislative hearing is being conducted solely to receive comment on or objections to the granting of the requested variance pursuant to 9 NYCRR §§ 576.5 and 576.6.

The public hearing will commence on July 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm at the Town of Fort Ann Town Hall, 80 George Street, Fort Ann, New York 12827.

The variance site is located on Pilot Knob Road and the shoreline of Lake George in the Town of Fort Ann, Washington County, in an area designated as Moderate Intensity Use on the Official Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map. The applicant proposes to replace and construct a dock, deck, and operations management structure meeting accessibility criteria of the Americans With Disabilities Act and which will be utilized for camp operations including improved access to the lake for participants in the Y-Knot Handicapped Sailing Program at the camp.

The proposed dock/deck/operations management structure will be located within the mean high water mark of Lake George in an area that appears to have been a rock filled pier, historically. The footprint of the proposed multi-use structure will be approximately 48 feet wide by 50 feet long (2,400 square feet), along the shoreline of Lake George. Within that footprint, there will be a first story enclosed structure of approximately 450 square feet, and a second story open T-shaped structure providing camper services of approximately 1600 square feet. The structure will be fully accessible to enable persons with disabilities to access the first and second story of the structure.

The structure requires a variance from the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) because they do not comply with the definition of a dock, are greater than 100 square feet in size, and not a replacement in kind of the pre-existing structures on the site. The new building requires a variance from the 50 foot shoreline structure setback applicable within this land use area.

Based upon review of the application and a site visit, APA review staff believe that the applicant has satisfied the standards for issuance of a variance pursuant to Executive Law Section 806 and 9 NYCRR Section 576.1. Accordingly, unless significant issues are raised by the public, staff intends to recommend to the Agency that the variance be granted subject to appropriate conditions.

In the absence of contacts from or demonstration of interest by adjoining landowners or members of the public, an APA staff member unaccompanied by technical personnel will appear at the hearing, to provide information to any persons who may attend the hearing and to receive statements concerning the variance proposal. If any person raises significant issues with respect to the proposal in relation to the statutory or regulatory standards, an adjournment will be taken to date and place certain at which time further testimony including expert advice from APA staff will be received. If no significant issues with respect to statutory or regulatory standards are raised, the hearing will be closed and APA staff will recommend issuance of the variance to the APA Board. The APA Members and Designees reserve the right to approve, approve subject to Conditions or disapprove the application or direct the matter to a formal, adjudicatory hearing.

The application and supporting information on the project are available for public inspection by contacting: Thomas E. Saehrig, APA, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977.


Public Comment Period Notice

Public Notice for Adopt A Natural Resource Agreement and Work Plan

Project Title:
Adopt A Natural Resource Agreement and Work Plan for the Adirondack Invasive Plant Program for Removal of Invasive Plants.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is accepting comments through August 5, 2010 on a work plan and application for an Adopt a Natural Resource Agreement from the Adirondack Invasive Plant Program to treat and remove invasive plants from the following sites as described:
Saranac Lake Wild Forest; Town of North Elba, Essex County
It is proposed to treat four small stands of common reed (Phragmites autrailis) totaling approximately 0.25 acres. Two sites are located near Route 3 in Ray Brook and two are located near Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington. The proposed treatment is to cut the stems and swab them with Aquamaster 2% AI using the approved BMP techniques as identified in the Inter-Agency Guidelines for Implementing Best Management Practices for the Control of Terrestrial and Invasive Aquatic Invasive Species on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park 2010, Prepared by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency. Cut material will be removed from the site and composted or allowed to decay on the upland to prevent sprouting and formation of rhizomes.
Public comments are welcome and will be accepted by the contact person until August 5, 2010.

Project Location:
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest in the Town of North Elba, New York.

Contact: Peter J. Frank, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forest, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4254, Phone: (518) 473-9518, E-mail: adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Washington County - The Easton Town Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Cullinan minor resubdivision #1-10 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves resubdivision for the purpose of creating two single family residential lots. The project is located at Meeting House Road, Easton, NY.

Contact: Robert Stevens, Easton Town Planning Board, 1071 State Route 40, Greenwich, NY 12834, Phone: (518) 692-2678, Fax: (518) 692-0212.


Washington County - The Easton Town Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Billings-Briggs Minor Resubdivision #2-10 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the resubdivision of a farm tract in the Washington County AG Disrict No. 3 for the purpose of increasing the size of a lot of a previously approved plat, which plat subdivided an early farmstead from the pasture land. The project is located along the south side of Col. Baum Road, west of the intersection of Col. Baum Road with NYS Route 372.

Contact: Robert Stevens, Easton Town Planning Board, 1071 State Route 40, Greenwich, NY 12834, Phone: (518) 692-2678, Fax: (518) 692-0212.


Positive Declaration

Essex and Franklin Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Assessment of Alternatives to Amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan related to the Fire Towers in the St. Regis Canoe Area and Hurricane Mt. Primitive Area may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves several alternatives that could require minor revisions to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan specific to the future classification of lands immediately surrounding the fire towers in the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area and the St. Regis Canoe Area and reclassification of the balance of Hurricane Mountain Primitive Areas as wilderness. The project is located in the towns of Elizabethtown, Jay, Keene and Lewis in Essex County and Santa Clara, Harrietstown and Brighton in Franklin County.

Contact: James Connolly, Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938,
E-mail: APA_SLMP@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Draft Supplemental EIS with Public Hearing

Essex and Franklin Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Assessment of Alternatives to Amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Related to the Fire Towers in the St. Regis Canoe Area and Hurricane Mt. Primitive Area. Public hearings on the Draft SEIS will be held on:

  • August 9, 2010, 3:00 PM - NYS DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, Room 129 A&B
  • August 10, 2010, 7:00 PM - Keene Central School, 33 Market St., Keene Valley, NY
  • August 11, 2010, 7:00 PM - Paul Smith's College, Route 86 & 30, Paul Smiths, NY

Written comments on the Draft SEIS will be accepted until August 25, 2010. A hard copy of the Draft SEIS is available at the following locations:

Adirondack Park Agency
PO Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518) 891-4050

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 408-5508

The online version of the Draft SEIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: www.apa.state.ny.us/State_Land/DEIS_StRegisHurricaneFireTowers7_13_2010.pdf

The action involves several alternatives that could require minor revisions to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan specific to the future classification of lands immediately surrounding the fire towers in the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area and the St. Regis Canoe Area and reclassification of the balance of Hurricane Mountain Primitive Areas as wilderness. The project is located in the towns of Elizabethtown, Jay, Keene and Lewis in Essex County and Santa Clara, Harrietstown and Brighton in Franklin County.

Contact: James Connolly, Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050, Fax: (518) 891-3938, E-mail: APA_SLMP@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


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