Adirondack Park Agency (N.Y.) Project Files

Held by the New York State Archives

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

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Albany, NY 12230

These files document the Adirondack Park Agency's function of implementing the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan through evaluation of proposed development projects. Many such projects, including the Loon Lake Estates project, had a significant environmental impact beyond their immediate area. The files contain correspondence, maps, plans, permits, hearing records, press clippings, deeds, public comments, administrative decisions and rulings, inspection reports, and litigation documents. Also included are photographs depicting sites being considered for and at various stages of development.
14 cubic feet (including 60 microfilm rolls)
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Numerical by project number.

Administrative History

Chapter 706 of the Laws of 1971 created the Adirondack Park Agency to ensure preservation of the Adirondack wilderness area that had been designated as the Adirondack Park in 1892. In consultation with local governments, the agency was charged to prepare and submit the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan to the legislature for approval and modification on or before January 1, 1973. The plan would apply to the entire area of the Adirondack Park, except for state owned land, and was to be submitted together with the recommendations of the agency for its implementation. The plan divides land into areas and estimates the intensity of land use (its type, character, and extent) and the development permissible within each area. The plan was approved on March 3, 1973; a certified copy was filed with the Secretary of State and facsimiles were filed with the clerk of each county and local government wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park.

Scope and Content Note

These microfilmed project files document the Adirondack Park Agency's (APA) mandate to implement the Land Use and Development Plan. Projects documented by these files are major ones, such as the Loon Lake Estates project, that had a significant impact on more than just the immediate area in which they were located.

Project files contain correspondence, memoranda, maps, plans, permits, notices of hearings, transcripts of hearings, newspaper clippings, copies of deeds, notices of completed permit applications, project review comments, affidavits, permit histories, APA decisions and rulings, project review site inspection reports, and various litigation documents such as complaints, orders to show cause, affidavits, notices, bills of particulars and demands for such, affirmations, and decisions. Separate from these project files are APA meeting minutes for 1971-1984.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Alternate Formats Available

Microfilm is available at the New York State Archives.

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Other finding aids

Index to project numbers and microfilm roll list are available at the repository.

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