Resort on APA agenda
The Adirondack Park Agency will focus almost all of its two-day meeting next week on the controversial Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake, the agency announced Friday.
With 700 units on 6,200 acres, the Adirondack Club and Resort is arguably the largest and most-debated proposal the Adirondacks have seen in recent memory -- but it needs a number of APA approvals in order to move forward.
The plans, centered around the rehabilitation of the Little Tupper ski area on the village's outskirts and development of condominiums and large-lot homes, has been at the center of a prolonged and fierce public debate between those who see the project as a major economic boost for a remote and economically troubled corner of the Adirondacks and others who believe it will cause environmental damage and put burdens on Tupper Lake's infrastructure.
At the meeting, the agency board will be hearing the draft findings and permit conditions suggested by agency staff on a range of issues, from building color to erosion control.
The agency is on a three-month review track that is expected to lead to a decision on the project at its Jan. 19-20 meeting.
Next week's meeting will be held Thursday and Friday at APA headquarters, with the proceedings starting at 9 a.m. each day. The meeting will be webcast live at www.apa.ny.gov, as are all the agency's monthly meetings.
The meeting will also be webcast live in Tupper Lake at The Wild Center auditorium.
Agency policy does not allow any public comment related to matters before the board for action, so public comment on the Adirondack Club and Resort project will not be accepted during the meeting.
Because of the region-wide interest in the project, those planning to attend are encouraged to contact the agency in advance.