Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners continued to hear about the various details regarding the Adirondack Club and Resort at APA Headquarters today, which is day two of the Agency's regular monthly meeting for December.
The normal monthly meeting agenda for Thursday and Friday is changed to focus on the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. The meeting will be webcast live at the APA website. In addition, the public is invited to view the webcast live in Tupper Lake at The Wild Center.
See the story about the Thursday, Dec. 15 APA meeting.
This month the Agency continues its three consecutive monthly meeting cycle to deliberate project 2005-100, the Adirondack Club and Resort. This residential/resort project is proposed for lands in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The Board began its review at the Nov. 17-18 meeting. The Board continues its deliberations at the Dec. 15-16 meeting. A decision is expected at the conclusion of the Jan. 19-20, 2012 meeting.
Members of the Executive Team -- including Greg Bendell, John Banta, Sarah Reynolds, Rick Weber and Ed Snizek -- are presenting draft findings and conditions from the adjudicatory hearings held this past spring.
Friday morning topics
Here are the issues that will be presented to the Agency Board this morning:
● Erosion and Sediment Control/Stormwater Management (G. Bendell)
● Water Supply (G. Bendell)
● Sewage Pump Station/Community Wastewater Treatment Plant/Individual Wastewater Treatment Systems (G. Bendell)
● Wetlands/Wetland Mitigation (E. Snizek)
● Protection of Amphibians (E. Snizek)
● Invasive Species Control/Sanitizing Equipment (E. Snizek)
● Shoreline (E. Snizek)
● Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Special Provisions (E. Snizek)
● Temporary Use of Cranberry Pond for Snowmaking (E. Snizek, G. Bendell)
● Use of the Existing Base Lodge (J. Banta)
Friday afternoon topics
Issue #10 Compliance (S. Reynolds, R. Weber)
● Project Phasing
● Protections to Local Government
● Project Management
Presentation of Draft Findings and Conditions
● Phasing and Infrastructure (S. Reynolds)
● Independent Environmental Monitors (R. Weber)
● Coordination with Local Approvals (S. Reynolds)
● Agency Review of Future Subdivision and Development (S. Reynolds)
Implementation (S. Reynolds, R. Weber)
At the end of the presentations this afternoon, Board members will discuss the project and provide input for their January meeting, when they are expected to make a determination on approval of the project.
At 4:30 p.m., interim reports will be given from the following APA committees: Regulatory Programs, Park Ecology, State Land, Local Government Services, Park Policy and Planning, Legal Affairs, Economic Affairs, Enforcement, Public Awareness and Communications, and Administration.
About the project
The 2005-100 project application was filed by Preserve Associates, LLC (Sponsor), and Big Tupper, LLC, Tupper Lake Boat Club, LLC, and Oval Wood Dish Liquidating Trust (Landowners) for an Agency permit for a mixed commercial and residential development on the sites of the former Big Tupper Ski Area, former McDonald's Marina and the surrounding Oval Wood Dish lands in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The development proposal was first announced in February 2004.
See a map of existing landowners around the project.
The project site is approximately 6,235± acres of property and includes lands of the former Big Tupper Ski Area, the surrounding Oval Wood Dish landholdings, and the former McDonalds Marina. Most of the site is located east of NYS Route 30, except for the marina and two other small parcels that are located west of Route 30. The site includes about 1,800± feet of frontage on Lake Simond and about 235± feet on Big Tupper Lake at the marina.
The applicant proposes to develop a planned resort development with a ski center, a marina with 40 boat slips, an equestrian facility, a resort owners' clubhouse, a gym/spa recreation center, recreation trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a 60-unit West Face Inn, and 706 single-family and multiple-family residential dwelling units: 206 single-family dwellings; 39 Great Camps; eight Artist Cabins at the base lodge area of the ski center; and 453 townhouse units (duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes).
The applicant proposes to undertake the project in four phases over 15 years. The Adirondack Club is being marketed as an Orvis Sporting Lifestyle Community.
See the Project Description (PowerPoint slide show) from the APA.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ADIRONDACK CLUB AND RESORT?
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