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Adirondack Park Agency approves Johnsburg Land Use Program

JOHNSBURG The Adirondack Park Agency approved the Town of Johnsburgs Local Land Use Program at its July meeting on July 13, making Johnsburg just the 19th out of 105 municipalities in the park to have such a program.

This is historic, said Town Supervisor Bill Thomas.

The approval signifies the APAs agreement to transfer jurisdiction over Class B project applications from the agency to the town, making it less cumbersome for land owners in the town to navigate the application process for their projects.

This makes it easier for landowners, said Mark Bergman who headed up the committee that worked with the APA to craft the Local Land Use Program.

The plan provides a blueprint and regulations for planning, zoning and related issues in the town for Class B projects that heretofore had been presided over by the APA.

The committee has worked three years on the latest effort to craft a local land use program and the town has worked for more than 10 years before finally succeeding with this effort.

Bergman credited the work of Planning Board Chairwoman Dottie Osterhout and the late Al Combs in helping bring about the local program. The APA worked cooperatively with the town, Bergman added.

It was a real partnership, he said. There was never an adversarial moment.

The town will hold a final public hearing on the Local Land USe Program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Wevertown Community Center. Following the public hearing, the board is expected to enact a local law adopting the Local Land Use Program.

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