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Smart growth projects eyed for Adirondack hamlets

Au Sable Forks, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Caroga Lake

Computer-generated animation of the Jennings Pond Park in Long Lake

Computer-generated animation of the Jennings Pond Park in Long Lake

— Five Adirondack hamlets — including three in Hamilton County — were chosen to adopt smart growth concepts as part of the state-funded 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.

The three hamlets in Hamilton County are Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake. One is from Fulton County — Caroga Lake. And 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.”

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Computer-generated animation of the proposed Blue Mt. Lake hotel near the Adirondack Museum

During the workshops — designed for interested citizens, planning boards, and public officials — 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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