continued While the focus this month is on the Tupper Lake resort project, Ulrich looked forward to a productive year in 2012.
"During the next three months, you will see a singular focus of this board as we deliberate on the ACR project," Ulrich said. "Following that, 2012 will give us other opportunities to help to write the next chapter of the Adirondack story – where the Adirondack Park Agency not only meets its regulatory duties with even greater efficiency, but works in partnership with the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance and the newly emerging Adirondack Partnership; where the APA plays a transformational role in convening, listening and encouraging greater, and even more productive dialogue for the good of all who live, work and/or play in this magnificent place; where we collectively turn the page and reach for the true potential of our region - where we can plan, work and win by sharing our mutual and shared strengths."
APA Counsel John Banta looked around the APA Board room and likened the setup to a courtroom; however, he explained that the meetings over the next three months are technically part of an "administrative adjudication," not a court proceeding. The 11-member APA Board (eight commissioners and three designees) will be reviewing the findings from the previously held adjudicatory hearings and make a decision on the resort permit based on "fact and law." Adjudication is a less formal procedure than a courtroom hearing with a judge and gives "substantial latitude in deliberation" compared to a court proceeding, Banta said.
In March and June 2011, the APA compiled evidence on the resort project during an exhaustive set of adjudicatory hearings. During the Thursday meeting, Martino listed the amount of findings Board members will use to make their decision in January: 49 parties; 23 witnesses; 4,486 pages of testimony; 12 reply statements; 17 closing statements; 288 exhibits; and 256 drawings