Adirondack Community Housing Trust completes Hamlets 3 guidebook

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Adirondack Community Housing Trust (ACHT) announced recently that the Hamlets 3 guidebook is completed and available online to Adirondack towns and villages seeking to expand the population centers of their communities - the villages and hamlets.

The guidebook and Web site are the culmination of a two- year study conducted by Roger Trancik of Urban Design Consultants that was funded through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 2007 Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program. The sponsors plan to continue the project with a follow-up program, if they can obtain additional funding.

"Hamlets 3 is the model for all towns and villages within the Adirondack Park to utilize as they plan their future," Joe Kelly, President of ACHT, said. "Adirondack Community Housing Trust is proud to have been a sponsor of this valuable project."

Hamlets 3 is presented in an illustrated guidebook that may be viewed and downloaded at the project Web site -www.adkhamlets.org. It may also be viewed and downloaded from Adirondack Park Agency Web site -www.apa.state.ny.us; the Department of State Web site -www.dos.state.ny.us; and the DEC Web site www.dec.state.ny.us

The analysis and recommendations in Hamlets 3 are based on a two-year study that used three case-study clusters of Adirondack hamlets to generate and evaluate real-world opportunities for smart hamlet expansion, both within the footprint of the existing hamlet and outside that footprint.

The three clusters of hamlets that were studied are located around Old Forge, Clifton-Fine, and Elizabethtown and were selected because of their geographic dispersion and varied character within the Adirondacks. From these studies, the Hamlets 3 planning model was derived, which is broadly applicable to a wide range of situations throughout the Adirondack Park.

"Last summer the Elizabethtown Planning Board had the opportunity to work with Roger Trancik and his brilliant group of young planners when they came to town to work on the 'E-Town Cluster' for the Hamlets 3 Project," Elena Borstein, Town of Elizabethtown Planning Board member, said. "We learned about Smart Growth Principles of planning and now hope to put these into our new Comprehensive Plan for Elizabethtown, which hasn't been revised since the 1970s. The guidebook is a great tool for planning and for the future of the Adirondacks."

More details about Hamlets 3 and how communities can participate will be presented at the Adirondack Park Local Government Day conference in Lake Placid on March 23. Participants in the Hamlets 3 session at Local Government Day will be a given a CD of the guidebook.

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