APA holding public hearings on boathouses

RAY BROOK - The Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled four public hearings to solicit public comments on proposed revisions to its boathouse regulations. The four hearings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

• Jan. 5, 2010, 6 p.m. at the Adirondack Park Agency, Rt. 86, in Ray Brook,

• Jan. 6, 2010, 6 p.m. at the Town of Webb Park Ave. Building, 183 Park Ave. in Old Forge,

• Jan 7, 2010, 11 a.m. at the Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Room 129B, in Albany,

• Jan. 7, 2010, 6 p.m. at the Lake George Town Hall

The public may also submit written comments to John S. Banta, Counsel, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, N.Y. 12977. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 17, 2010.

Interpreter services are available for hearing-impaired persons, at no charge, upon written request. The Agency asks requests be submitted within a reasonable time prior to the scheduled public hearing. Please address these requests to the agency representative designated above.

The current APA Boathouse definition was implemented in regulations adopted in 1979, and revised in 2002. The 2009 definition proposes specific roof, height and footprint criteria to replace the 2002 "single story" limitation. The revision clarifies design components and continues to prohibit the use of boathouses for anything other than boat storage.

Other uses, if independently built, would be subject to the shoreline setback requirements of the APA Act. For example, other structures such as decks, guest cottages, and recreation rooms are prohibited on the shoreline if greater than 100 square feet in size. Under prior regulations, landowners attached these components as part of what would otherwise be a boat berthing structure, and argued these components were part of the "boathouse" because the previous definitions did not specifically exclude them.

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