Lake Placid, North Elba need APA help for housing initiative

Under typical APA requirements, in an area classified as moderate use, for example, each house must sit on at least 1.3 acres. The local land-use code would exceed the APA's regulations.

If a developer opts not to build the low-cost housing they must then contribute around $65,000 to a community-specific housing fund that would be managed by the Adirondack Housing Trust.

Dietrich told the boards of both the town and the village that he has been consulting with APA planning staff and characterized their current stance as supportive.

The park agency is currently reviewing the plan.

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said it's something the state regulatory body will give serious consideration.

"We are very supportive of their affordable housing efforts," he said.

The agency itself is currently championing its own affordable housing bill in the state legislature that would allow for a four-for-one density bonus for affordable housing projects.

The lack of affordable housing in Lake Placid is especially stark. It's one of the primary reasons the county runs a busing service from surrounding towns into the village.

The busses carry much of the tourist-community's hospitality workforce.

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