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Environmental group sues APA and state over Gore development

NORTH CREEK - In an effort to halt an expansion of the Gore Mountain Ski Area, the Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks has filed a legal suit against the Adirondack Park Agency, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. The suit has been filed with the New York State Supreme Court.

Last fall, all three state agencies approved a measure that will allow 30 acres of a wooded state forest preserve to be cleared in an effort to merge the activities of the Gore Mountain Ski Center with the Johnsburg owned Ski Bowl Park and a privately owned condominium development owned by FrontStreet Mountain Development, LLC.

The intended vision is to create a 'ski in/ski out' community that would generate revenue through tourism, officials said.

In the legal filing, the Residents Committee argues that the move is in direct violation of the APA State Land Use Master Plan and would allow for the unnecessary destruction of thousands of trees and acres of habitat.

The Residents Committee argues that the actions being undertaken are not in line with the APA's stated agenda to preserve the wild and undeveloped nature of the Adirondacks

Further, the suit alleges the development is not designed so it would have minimal impact on surrounding state and private lands.

The document further alleges that the APA did not give public notice as to the amendments that would be passed to allow the project to go forward.

The document was filed by Glens Falls Attorney and Residents Committee member John Caffry.

The first hearing on the suit will be held Jan. 31 at Albany District Court.

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