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2010 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program

A map from 'Hamlets 3' displaying the hamlets of the Adirondack Park

In December 2010, New York State announced the availability of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for smart growth planning. The funds were made available to Adirondack Park communities for planning projects within the following grant categories:

Village, Hamlet and Town Center Revitalization
Sustainable Economic Development
Cultural, Environmental and Natural Adirondack Resources

The Department received 29 applications from around the Park, requesting a total of $1.4 million. Applications were evaluated through a pre-established competitive review process. The following projects were awarded funding, as announced on August 10, 2011.

Parkwide Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
County of Essex $88,000 Hamlets 3: Training and Implementation Workshops - technical assistance for Park communities to use the new planning guide for hamlet expansion and infill development
  • Adirondack Community Housing Trust
County of Hamilton $123,000 The Adirondack Park Economic Development Strategy - utilizing smart growth principles in a parkwide action plan to improve economic conditions
  • Adirondack Community Housing Trust
  • Adirondack Landowners Association
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Smith's College
  • The Center for Economic Growth
  • Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program
  • Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages
  • Adirondack Regional Tourism Council
  • Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Commission
  • The Adirondack Council
Regional Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Town of Bolton $69,000 Trails Master Plan for the West Side of Lake George - detailed master plan of hiking, biking and snowmobiling, including linkage of existing trail systems, community centers and municipal transportation and promotion of new tourism opportunities
  • Town of Hague
  • Town of Lake George
  • Village of Lake George
Town of Fine $75,000 Building Community Capacity to Sustain the Economic and Community Revitalization Efforts in the Towns of Clifton and Fine (Part II) - continued advancement of regional community development priorities for the northwestern Adirondack Park communities
  • Town of Clifton
  • St. Lawrence County
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation
Local Project Awards
Awardee Amount
Project Description Partner(s)
Town of Lewis $23,000 Town of Lewis Comprehensive Plan - development of a land use and smart growth expansion framework to guide growth
Town of Elizabethtown $37,000 Town of Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan - smart growth expansion plan to include pedestrian linkages, public sewer, and prioritization of projects
Town of Lake Luzerne $40,000 Adirondack Folk School - comprehensive outreach program to draw instructors and students into the community and its school of traditional Adirondack arts, crafts and culture
  • Adirondack Folk School
Town of Newcomb $40,000 Town of Newcomb Main Street & Marketing Plan - site-specific land use recommendations, complete streets plan and a marketing strategy
Town of Wilmington $5,000 Wilmington Mountain Bike Trail System - web page and brochure development

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