CROWN POINT - With an eye on future development, Supervisor Bethany Kosmider has asked the Adirondack Park Agency to review its land use map in Crown Point.
"There's not a lot of room for growth in Crown Point because of land use restrictions," Kosmider said. "We're looking for suitable land for a business to come to Crown Point to allow greater flexibility for residents."
Kosmider has met with Matt Kendall of the APA and discussed changing the Sugar Hill area from moderate-intensity zoning to hamlet. Hamlets are exempt from APA regulation.
The area bordered by Pearl Street to Bradford Hill to Factoryville could also become hamlet, Kosmider said.
"Areas that have water and sewer districts should be hamlet according to the APA," the supervisor said. "These areas all have water and sewer."
Keith McKeever, APA spokesman, agreed. Areas with public water and sewer are generally considered to be hamlet.
"I think there is reason to be very optimistic that those areas will become hamlet," McKeever said.
Kosmider approached the APA, which pleased APA officials.
"We're very happy Supervisor Kosmider reached out to the agency," McKeever said. "We're looking forward to working with Crown Point."
Kosmider said the APA has been receptive.
"The APA has been very cooperative and is willing to work with the town," Kosmider said. "It doesn't mean we'll get everything we want, but they'll work with us."
Much of Crown Point is classified as moderate-intensity, low-intensity and resource management, which limits development. Town officials hope, besides the changes to hamlet designation, other areas can be changed to moderate intensity.
McKeever said moderate intensity land requires at least 1.3 acres for development, low intensity 3.2 acres, rural intensity 8.5 acres and resource management land 42.7 acres - although there are other factors such as wetlands and soil composition that factor into APA approval for projects.
"APA land use is not a use-driven plan, but an intensity plan," McKeever said.
He explained the APA isn't as concerned about the type of development as it is the amount of development in a given space.
Kosmider said she has suggested land in Ironville and along the Bridge Road be changed to moderate intensity.
McKeever said the APA will work with Crown Point, but it's up to the town board to submit proposed map changes to the agency for approval.
"The process is driven locally," he said. "The local government must propose a plan and bring it to the agency for approval."
Before any action, the APA is required to notify land owners of possible changes and public hearings must be held.
"It is hopeful that these map amendments will create interest from outside businesses and more acreage for building of homes," Kosmider said.
There's no risk in asking the APA to review its land classifications in Crown Point, the supervisor noted. There is no cost to local taxpayers and in a worst-case scenario things will stay as they are now.
The APA map amendment process is time consuming. Kosmider said she expects the APA review to take up to a year.
"We (the Crown Point town board) hope that this effort will enhance the town properties and attract the right kind of growth," Kosmider said.