To the Valley News:
A recent flurry of newspaper articles, editorials, and Letters to the Editor indicate an effort toward increased environmental regulation. In that they all occur within days of each other suggest a coordinated effort.
The Adirondack Council is advocating more restrictive regulation from the APA and opine about the APA becoming too soft. They also promote town development of land use plans, such as Comprehensive
Plans, in order to regulate and control growth. They’d like to require larger lot sizes, limit the development of homes and consider significant fees for development of green space outside of hamlets.
I assume that means most or all area outside the hamlets.
It’s being represented that the Town of Elizabethtown currently has a Comprehensive Plan and an effort is underway to simply update this outmoded plan. This isn’t true.
An effort was undertaken in 1975-76 to create a Town wide Plan, but, at the advice of the Zoning Committee, was not passed into law. They felt the existence of the APA constituted enough Town wide zoning.
In 1982 hamlet only zoning was enacted and remains in effect today. It’s called a Land Use Local Law.
The current effort to develop a Comprehensive Plan is another townwide endeavor and it will be interesting to see if it reflects Adirondack Council ideals. You need to pay attention to this one folks.
Ken Fenimore, Councilman, Elizabethtown