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LP developer continues to fume over height restrictions

The zoning changes would apply to several big hotels in Lake Placid, including the Crown Plaza resort, which is also owned by the Lussi family.

But it wouldn't apply to his Lake Placid Club property, since it's currently zoned as village center.

Lussi has indicated that he's anxious to break ground on a new hotel project there, and that he needs the zoning change to happen quickly.

Lussi said he wants the town and the village to pass a resolution changing his property to planned development rather than going through the joint review board.

"I will never again apply to the joint review board for planned development status because they have no teeth when they approve it. Because it's not legislatively approved it can't be guaranteed for eternity. So that's why I'm requesting for these two boards to do this."

Lussi expressed concern that the request had not been put on the agenda for Tuesday's public hearing.

"I just feel like I've been chasing my tail now for four months. Mr. Mayor, you've had this discussion personally with me, as has [North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi] and to say that this isn't part of today's agenda is very alarming for me."

Village and town officials said they needed more information about the property in question before making a decision.

Dietrich has pointed out that not all of the property was classified as resort development in the past. But Lussi said he wants the entire property, which is over 100 acres and includes a golf course, to be classified as planned development.

Chip Bissell is a member of the Lake Placid\North Elba Joint Review Board. He pointed out that the height of any new buildings would still be regulated by the state Adirondack Park Agency.

He also noted that the change gives the review board more control over a building's height, even though there is no set limit.

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