JOHNSBURG - The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing land use regulations in Johnsburg to determine if changes need to be made and is inviting residents to be a part of the process.
An informational meeting will be hosted by the town of Johnsburg to allow public input on the proposed changes. It is planned for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m at the town of Johnsburg Library.
The meeting will be used to gauge whether it is feasible for the APA to move forward with map amendments, a list of which follows this article.
In total, the Agency is considering reclassifying roughly 6,000 acres in the town.
According to Adirondack Park Agency officials, the intended purpose of the land use classification system is to channel growth into the areas where it can best be supported and to minimize the spread of development in areas less suited to sustain such growth.
From time to time, changes are proposed to the classification of certain parcels as characteristics change.
Private lands within the Adirondack Park have been assigned land use area classifications in six categories, which guide future land use and development.
These classifications are based on existing land use and population growth patterns, physical limitations, unique biological features and public considerations.
Determining how the APA's regulations apply to development on private lands hinges on the examination of how land is classified.
Any proposed changes must satisfy the character description, purposes, policies and objectives established for the land use area type.
The APA has recently surveyed the roughly 6,000 acres of land up for proposed reclassification in the town of Johnsburg.
A full description with map identification is available on the town of Johnsburg Web site: www.johnsburgny.com/johnsburg-hamlets.asp. A hard copy of the proposal is also available for review at the Town Hall during regular business hours.
Before any changes are made, the APA will be required to send notification to all owners of land that will be affected by the changes and to hold a series of public hearings on the matter.
In addition to the meeting, comments and questions may be directed to the town of Johnsburg at PO Box 7, North Creek, via fax to 251-9991 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents are asked to include, "Map Amendments" in the subject line of all inquiries.
The proposed areas under
consideration are as follows:
AREA A: Low Intensity Use to Hamlet:
A 75 +/- acre area lying north of the existing Hamlet of North Creek.
AREA B: Low Intensity Use to Hamlet:
A 20+/- acre area lying west of Peaceful Valley Road, just south of where Peaceful Valley Road crosses North Creek
AREA C: Hamlet to Rural Use:
A 365+/- acre are south of River Road and west of Collins Brook, being the eastern most portion of the existing Hamlet of North Creek
AREA D: Low Intensity Use to Moderate Intensity Use:
A 295+/- acre area along Peaceful Valley Road between Sodom and Cooper Hill Road.
AREA E: Low Intensity Use to Moderate Intensity Use:
A 280+/- acre area along Peaceful Valley, Back to Sodom, Sodom Cross and Chatiemac Roads and NYS Route 8, surrounding the community of Sodom.
AREA F: Low Intensity Use to Rural Use:
A 125+/- acre area lying east of Peaceful Valley Road, north of Sodom.
AREA G: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 600+/- acre area along NYS Route 8 and Park Road, south of Sodom
AREA H: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 850+/- acre area extending south and east of the Hamlet of Bakers Mills along Barney Hill Road, Goodman Road and Garnet Lake Road.
AREA I: Rural User to Low Intensity Use:
A 405+/- acre area lying east of South Johnsburg Road from Mill Creek to Hudson Street, and south of an approximately 1.5 mile stretch of Hudson Street from South Johnsburg Road.
AREA J: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 345+/- acre area lying along both sides of Edwards Hill Road.
AREA K: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 735+/- acre area lying along an approximately 2 mile stretch of the southern portion of River Road.
AREA L: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 220+/- acre lying along the north side of NYS Route 8 from Riparius to the Waddell Road.
AREA M: Rural Use to Resource Management:
A 230+/- acre area lying north of Harrington Road, east of Riverside Station Road and west of the Hudson River
AREA N: Low Intensity Use to Rural Use:
A 915+/- acre area lying east of the Hamlet of Wevertown, between NYS Route 28 and Mill Creek.
AREA O: Rural Use to Resource Management:
A 1740+/- acre area lying in the vicinity of Stockton Mountain and Mill Mountain.
AREA P: Hamlet to Rural Use:
A 35+/- acre area lying west of NYS route 28, south of Mill Creek.
AREA Q: Moderate Intensity Use to Hamlet:
A 20+/- acre area lying northwest of the intersection of NYS Routes 8 and 28.
AREA R: Rural Use to Low Intensity Use:
A 90+/- acre area along Thirteenth Lake Road and Cemetery Road.