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ENB - Statewide Notices 4/20/2011

Public Notice

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is proposing APA General Permit 2011G-1 to allow an expedited review process for certain subdivisions involving wetlands. All requests for authorization under this General Permit determined eligible by the APA's Deputy Director of Regulatory Programs will receive a certificate approving the project. Requests will be determined eligible where:

  • The sole basis of APA jurisdiction on the project site is a subdivision involving wetlands;
  • The project sponsor submits to the APA a complete application and all requested attachments, including a certified map or plat demonstrating that the subdivision and related development may occur without adverse impacts to wetlands; and
  • Unless designated on the application map/plat as restricted against development, each proposed lot contains sufficient area for construction of an access road and development that meets specified parameters.

All certificates issued pursuant to this General Permit will contain standardized conditions to ensure that the subdivision and any related development will not adversely impact wetlands. In addition, all certificates issued pursuant to this General Permit will contain a condition requiring the information depicted on the application map/plat to be included on a final subdivision plat filed in the applicable County Clerk's Office. Every certificate must also be filed in the applicable County Clerk's Office.

General Permit 2011G-1 will apply throughout the Adirondack Park and will be effective until revoked or modified by the APA.

Jurisdiction

A subdivision involving wetlands is a Class A regional project requiring an APA permit pursuant to Executive Law §§ 809(2)(a) and 810(1), and a regulated activity requiring an APA permit pursuant to 9 NYCRR §§ 570.3, 578.2, and 578.3(n)(3).

Project Impacts

APA staff have determined that all subdivisions authorized under this General Permit and undertaken as authorized:

  • will meet the criteria for approval established in Executive Law § 809; and
  • will secure the natural benefits of wetlands associated with the project, consistent with the general welfare and beneficial economic, social, and agricultural development of the state.

State Environmental Quality Review Act

Approval of a General Permit by the APA is a SEQRA, Type 1 action. A negative declaration and Full Environmental Assessment Form has been prepared by the APA and is on file at its offices in Ray Brook, New York.

Agency and Public Comments

All persons and agencies are invited to comment on this proposed General Permit in writing or by phone no later than May 6, 2011 to: Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050. If there is significant concern or opposition to this General Permit, a public hearing may be required. All comments will be considered.

Any questions or comments regarding this General Permit should be directed to: Richard E. Weber III, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207.


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is proposing APA General Permit 2011G-2 for certain New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) vegetation management practices within state highway right-of-ways.

This General Permit authorizes NYS DOT to control or eliminate vegetation through the use of non-restricted herbicides under guide rails and sign and delineator posts, as described in the approved Vegetation Management Plan. The General Permit will require a minimum 5-foot no-herbicide buffer around all wetlands, and will prohibit the application of herbicides under conditions that may cause off-target drift. The General Permit will also provide for monitoring of impacts and potential implementation of alternatives.

The objectives of this General Permit include: reducing costly labor-intensive control techniques for grass, weeds, vines, brush and woody plant growth along guide rails and sign and delineator posts; using materials and application techniques that are environmentally safe and provide one-season control to a broad spectrum of plants; and developing a program that will facilitate improved safety conditions for inspection and maintenance of guide rails by improving visibility and drainage.

General Permit 2011G-2 will apply throughout the Adirondack Park and will be effective until revoked or modified by the APA.

Jurisdiction

Herbicide use in close proximity to wetlands is a regulated activity requiring an APA permit pursuant to 9 NYCRR 578.3(n)(2), as the use of herbicides may substantially impair the functions served by or the benefits derived from freshwater wetlands.

Project Impacts

APA staff have determined that all activities undertaken pursuant to this General Permit will secure the natural benefits of wetlands associated with the project, consistent with the general welfare and beneficial economic, social, and agricultural development of the state.

State Environmental Quality Review Act

Approval of a General Permit by the APA is a SEQRA, Type 1 action. A negative declaration and Full Environmental Assessment Form has been prepared by the APA and is on file at its offices in Ray Brook, New York.

Agency and Public Comments

All persons and agencies are invited to comment on this proposed General Permit in writing or by phone no later than May 6, 2011 at: Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or (518) 891-4050. If there is significant concern or opposition to the General Permit, a public hearing may be required. All comments will be considered.

Any questions or comments regarding this General Permit should be directed to: Richard E. Weber III, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207.

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