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Adirondack Park Agency Regulatory Programs Division Project Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is responsible for insuring that all building in the Park is compatible with the natural character of the land, and has a minimum adverse affect on the environment. The Operations Division, now the Regulatory Programs Division, is responsible for the review of all projects undertaken in the Adirondack Park that fall within the APA's jurisdiction and for coordinating and administering all permit related activity associated with the review of the projects.
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Quantity:
19.55 cubic feet (including 681 microfilm rolls, 16 CD-ROMS, circa 7,500 photographs)
Inclusive Dates:
1968-2008
Series Number:
16573

Arrangement

Chronological by project year and therein by project number.

16573-99:Arranged by type of medium; therein chronological by year, then by project number.

Administrative History

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the "Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan" (1973), which is designed to encourage new building in the Adirondack Park where it is compatible with the natural character of the land, and to insure that such development is carried out with a minimum adverse affect on the environment. The Operations Division is responsible for the review of all projects undertaken in the Adirondack Park that fall within the APA's jurisdiction and for coordinating and administering all permit related activity associated with the review of the projects. The APA Operations Division changed its name to APA Regulatory Programs Division in the early 1990s.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of microfilm of project files created and maintained by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) as part of its function to review projects built within the Adirondack Park. The APA controls development of the land through the issuance of permits for regional projects.

The files filmed include correspondence, deeds, memoranda, maps, plans, permits, hearing transcripts, newspaper clippings, decisions and rulings of the APA, inspection reports, project review comments, and related records concerning the permit process (histories, applications, decision to issue or deny permit). Rolls 1 through 128 of the series are of files compiled for projects that were built during the period of 1973-1978. The final 15 rolls of the series pertain to projects for 1978-1979.

16573-98: Types of projects documented in this accretion include subdivision of property by joint tenants; construction of single and multi-family dwellings and residential subdivisions; construction and renovation of infrastructure for single and multi-family dwellings including storm sewers, sanitary sewers, paving, electrical and plumbing installations, and landscaping; and construction of barns and other outbuildings.

Types of municipal projects documented include construction of boat launches, walkways, parking areas, picnic areas, public restrooms, and beach changing facilities; shoreline improvements; and creation of passive recreation areas.

State agencies requesting project approvals include Transportation, Environmental Conservation, and New York State Police. Types of state agency projects include highway reconditioning and preservation; construction of highway maintenance facilities; relocations and replacements of bridges; creation and relocation of foot trails; and pond reclamations (a process whereby undesirable fish species are eliminated).

16573-99: This accretion documents a variety of proposed new projects, improvements, or alterations subject to APA approval. The accretion consists of approximately 7,500 photographs; 16 CD-ROMs; and 35 reels of 35 mm. microfilm. The bulk of the photographs are color snapshots. The CD-ROMs depict ca. 15,000 maps; some of these maps are duplicated on the microfilm. Filed among the photographs are ca. 12 audio cassette tapes and at least one VHS videocassette (contents unknown).

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Alternate Formats Available

16573-94, 16573-96, 16573-98, 16573-05, 16573-05A, 16573-05B, 16573-05C, 16573-05D, 16573-06, 16573-07, 16573-08, 16573-09, 16573-09A, 16573-12, 16573-12A, 16573-12B, 16573-12C: Master negative only. No use copy available.

16573-99: Microform is available at the New York State Archives.

Microfilm: 646 reels; 16 mm.

16573-99: Microfilm: 35 reels; 35 mm.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 20592 Project maps and drawings, contains additional records of the Regulatory Programs Division related to regulation of building projects

Series 18803 Adirondack Park Agency Jurisdictional Inquiry Unit jurisdictional determination files

Other finding aids

Indexes by applicant name and by municipality are available.

16573-94, 16573-05, 16573-05D, 16573-06, 16573-07, 16573-08, 16573-09, 16573-09A, 16573-12, 16573-12A, 16573-12B, 16573-12C: Roll list.

16573-96, 16573-98, 16573-05A, 16573-05B: Transfer list.

16573-99: Container list and partial roll list.

16573-06, 16573-07, 16573-08, 16573-09, 16573-12, 16573-12A, 16573-12B, 16573-12C: Folder list.

Other Descriptive Data

Microfilm for each accession may also contain records from all or some of the following Adirondack Park Agency series on the same rolls: 18803 and 18842. See transfer lists for each accession for more information.

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