Smart Growth project eyed in Au Sable Forks

An Au Sable forks hamlet plan is part of the discussion Sept. 26 at the Jay Community Center.

An Au Sable forks hamlet plan is part of the discussion Sept. 26 at the Jay Community Center.

— Five Adirondack hamlets — including Au Sable Forks — were chosen to adopt smart growth concepts as part of the Hamlets 3 project, and residents are invited to explore these community development ideas and offer their suggestions during a set of workshops Sept. 26-28.

Three hamlets are from Hamilton County — Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake. One is from Fulton County — Caroga Lake. And the final one — Au Sable Forks — straddles two counties, Clinton and Essex.

The workshops will be led by Roger Trancik, of Urban Design Consultants in Ithaca. He is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture and city and regional planning at Cornell University and the developer of the Hamlets 3 project.

“The whole idea is to plant these ideas,” Trancik said. “We’ve had workshops previous to identify the sites, and now we’re coming back with design proposals that we want the community to evaluate.”

During the workshops, Trancik will have a worksheet and breakout groups where people can sketch out their own ideas based on some of the concepts, and evaluate alternatives.

The workshop dates are listed below.

•Caroga, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, Caroga Town Hall

•Au Sable Forks, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, Jay Town Offices

•Indian Lake, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, Indian Lake Town Hall

•Blue Mountain Lake, 3-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, Adirondack Museum

•Long Lake, 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Sept. 28, Long Lake Central School

This is the second phase of the Hamlets 3 project: selecting five hamlets in the Adirondack Park to conduct a series of workshops to try to generate some projects based on the model of smart growth principles outlined in the Hamlets 3 book published in December 2010. The book, “Hamlets 3: Planning for Smart Growth and Expansion of Hamlets in the Adirondack Park,” written by Trancik, was the first phase of the project. It built upon two studies from the 1980s: Hamlets of the Adirondacks 1 and 2.

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