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APA to consider land regulation changes in Johnsburg

JOHNSBURG - The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing land use regulations in Johnsburg to determine if changes need to be made and is inviting residents to be a part of the process.

An informational meeting will be hosted by the town of Johnsburg to allow public input on the proposed changes. It is planned for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m at the town of Johnsburg Library.

The meeting will be used to gauge whether it is feasible for the APA to move forward with map amendments, a list of which follows this article.

In total, the Agency is considering reclassifying roughly 6,000 acres in the town.

According to Adirondack Park Agency officials, the intended purpose of the land use classification system is to channel growth into the areas where it can best be supported and to minimize the spread of development in areas less suited to sustain such growth.

From time to time, changes are proposed to the classification of certain parcels as characteristics change.

Private lands within the Adirondack Park have been assigned land use area classifications in six categories, which guide future land use and development.

These classifications are based on existing land use and population growth patterns, physical limitations, unique biological features and public considerations.

Determining how the APA's regulations apply to development on private lands hinges on the examination of how land is classified.

Any proposed changes must satisfy the character description, purposes, policies and objectives established for the land use area type.

The APA has recently surveyed the roughly 6,000 acres of land up for proposed reclassification in the town of Johnsburg.

A full description with map identification is available on the town of Johnsburg Web site: www.johnsburgny.com/johnsburg-hamlets.asp. A hard copy of the proposal is also available for review at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

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