Ray Brook A meeting was held recently at the Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Raybrook to unviel proposals for the ongoing Hamlets 3 project.
Hamlets 3 is an initiative which looks at potential growth solutions for five hamlets in the Adirondack Park. It is funded by a DEC Smart Growth planning grant. The hamlets being considered are Caroga, in Fulton County in the Mohawk Valley, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake in Hamilton County, and AuSable Forks in Essex County.
“What we’re doing is looking at some of the positive development potential within the Adirondack Park map,” said Roger Trancik of Urban Design Consultants. “Our aim is really to get something done. To turn it into bricks and mortar.”
Hamlets 3 has been in the works for five years, and follows the Hamlets 1 and Hamlets 2 projects, which took place in the mid 1980s. Representatives from all the hamlets except AuSable were present at the meeting.
The development strategies put forth by Trancik are suggested solutions for issues peculiar to each hamlet, and each of the five proposals are markedly different. Public meetings were held recently in each hamlet, where several possibilities were discussed, and the resulting suggestions represent the consensus of those present at the meetings.
It is now up to the individual hamlets to decide whether to pursue the Hamlets 3 proposals, and up to them as well to finance the projects.
“It’s now up to the communities to make the commitments if they want to move forward,” said Dave Winchell, Citizen Participation Specialist with the Department of Environmental Conservation.
In AuSable Forks, the Hamlets 3 proposal focused on establishing a new multi-generational housing development on property above the Ausable River flood plane. Several sites were considered, with a site off Rolling Mill Hill finally being chosen.