APA: stewardship should be rewarded

Of the nine counties that originally sued the APA for overstepping its statutory authority and expanding its own jurisdiction, four are now appealing the state court's decision.

Adirondack Local Government Review Board executive director Fred Monroe said he remains hopeful the appeal will strike down the revised setback regulations.

But he notes a streamlined process, including consideration of good property management, would be welcome.

"I believe it's non-jurisdictional because it has been for 35 years," Monroe said. "But a simplified procedure with a trade-off versus the flow blown expensive hearings I think are reasonable to talk about."

Monroe and several commissioners said they would like to see statutory amendments that would allow the variance process to more closely mirror action taken by town zoning boards of appeal. Unlike the local process, commissioners are not directly involved in the public hearing process.

APA officials tout the merits of the delegation of minor shoreline variance requests to staff as a means of streamlining the overall process and reducing the cost for both the agency and the applicant.

Commissioners are expected to be presented with more detail of the proposal in September.

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