Thanks for the diligence

To the editor: Several recent articles intended to alert readers to two public hearings about Ski Bowl Village/FrontStreet Development failed to provide diverse opinion or raise any questions. The articles (March 1 edition, Ski Bowl and nearby resort seen as boon to region) announced opportunity for public comment, but offered quotes only from officials enthusiastic about these developments. A wider range of opinion and the raising of questions is needed. For example, it is widely recognized across the country that residential developments cost more in new municipal services than they provide in new tax receipts. Why would this proposed resort development be different? One searches in vain for such information and analysis in the Environmental Impact Statement. The EIS, like the articles, promotes new job creation from the development with salaries that do not even meet minimum wage. Have economic studies overlooked potential negative impacts of hotels, condos and upscale shops on residents of North Creek, on their real wages and ability to invest and remain in their homes and businesses? Are local economic and employment benefits of a new resort village located across Rt. 28 from Main Street at all exaggerated? And to what extent is the Olympic Regional Development Authority benefiting a private developers ski in, ski outresort homes? How much benefit is the State/ORDA providing to the developer in dollar value over many years? Is it lawful to transfer development rights from Town parklands onto private lands? Why would New York State want to give too much benefit to a single developer? Do all people in and near North Creek want a Vermont-type ski development? The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks appreciates the diligent efforts of town officials in requiring this developer to pay his own way and not to impose the costs of new infrastructure on town taxpayers. However, there are very legitimate questions to raise about this enormous resort, and we hope the News Enterprise covers all sides in future. Without opposing the project, the Association asks these and other questions in written comments to the APA. We are calling for a focused adjudicatory hearing to examine them. APA is scheduled to address the application at their April meeting in Ray Brook. David Gibson Executive Director

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