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Westport explores hamlet expansion

Another meeting, to be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, will serve as a public hearing regarding a proposed map amendment that would expand Westport's other hamlet, Wadhams.

The Adirondack Park Agency will conduct the public hearing, which is in regards to a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that proposes adding as much as 21 acres along the south side of State Route 22 to the Wadhams hamlet.

Wadhams resident Darlene Kahler Gough submitted a request for the map amendment claiming her property and the area surrounding it - designated as strictly-regulated resource management land - would be more correctly defined as hamlet.

Gough mentioned in her request how her 2.07 acre property is the largest among 13 residential parcels, all serviced by public water and sewer, in the proposed area, which also includes a cemetery, a playground, and a wastewater treatment facility.

Connell described the Wadhams expansion as a correction of the map the town submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency years ago. He contends there was an error at some point where the borders of the hamlet were incorrectly redrawn.

"All of the houses in Wadhams on [that] side of Route 22 are in resource management," he said. "They should have been in the hamlet. All that will really do is classify it as it was and as it is now."

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