Massive Brandreth Lake development gains APA approval

LONG LAKE - The Adirondack Park Association gave the unanimous "go-ahead" June 12 to a large-scale residential development on Brandreth Lake.

Brandreth Lake is named after the family who has owned approximately 8600 acres surrounding it for over 150 years.

The plans call for over 80 total camps or homes to be built on the property over the next 100 years. The initial phase - which the APA approved - will allow the construction of the first 44 structures.

The building footprints are not to exceed 2500 square feet and the structures must not exceed 35 feet in height.

The development will be limited to the northern-most 440 acres of the lake side parcel.

"This applicant is unique in protecting the lake's resources," APA Commissioner Lani Ulrich said of the Brandreth Lake Association.

The site plans call for a "gathering house", a care-taker's dwelling, five commonly owned guest houses and four boat houses.

Due to the scale of the project, some commissioners said that a development specific water and septic system may be in-order.

According to APA Planner John Quinn, 42 small camps already exist on the property. Quinn said that a separate waste-water and water system is not required by current regulations and would result in more site disturbance that it is worth.

Much of the property is classified as resource management area, but Quinn said that less than one-half of 1 percent of resource management land would be impacted.

Quinn said that 120 members of the Brandreth family are interested in the camps.

Commissioner Dick Booth wanted to require an agreement from the Brandreth Lake Association to seek no further development on the property.

"I think to require all of the members of the Brandreth Lake Association to reach an agreement like this would be unacceptable to them," Quinn said.

A stipulation was added by the agency which will restrict the use of motorized watercraft, Quinn said.

Environmental groups are split on the planned development with some calling the BLA a model land steward and others calling the project a threat to the lake's health.

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