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A Miami-based developer has updated its Adirondack Park Agency application for a resort-style development in the town of Jay nearly nine months after the APA deemed its original application incomplete.
Eric Stackman first submitted an application to the APA last October for a large-scale residential development project off State Highway 9N. The APA gave Stackman a Notice of Incomplete Permit Application — or NIPA — last December, saying it couldn’t apply for a permit for the project until it submitted more maps and stories. taking into account the natural resources and the history of the site. Beginning in August, Stackman began sending APA additional application materials to meet APA completion requirements.
Stackman proposes the construction of a resort-style hamlet on 385 acres in the town of Jay. According to the initial request, the development would consist of 20 townhouses, 60 villas with an optional guest suite, 18 estates with an optional guest suite and possibly six mansions or two hotels containing 17 rooms each. A public comment period on the proposal, held last fall, produced a nearly 200-page PDF of comments showing most people opposed the development.
Once Stackman’s application is deemed complete, according to the APA’s application materials, the APA will notify the public, hold another public comment period, and begin following the required review process that would ultimately bring the project before the APA Board of Directors for a vote.
All application materials exchanged between Stackman and the APA, beginning with Stackman’s original application submitted in October 2021, are available on the APA’s website at tinyurl.com/538ymjd9.
Back and forth
Stackman sent 83 pages of additional application materials with resource cards and assessments to the APA on August 3, and the APA responded later that month requesting more information. Stackman submitted even more application materials to the APA in early September, though the APA has yet to respond publicly to the adequacy of those materials. On Monday, APA public information officer Keith McKeever did not respond to questions from the company about the status of Stackman’s candidacy.
John Burth, environmental program specialist for the APA and author of the APA’s two-page response to Stackman’s resubmission in August, rejected four outstanding NIPA requirements that he said Stackman’s resubmission had fulfilled. Burth’s response, submitted to Stackman on August 23, lists three NIPA requirements not yet met. Burth asked Stackman for additional resource maps and data, as well as alternative development designs considering resource impact and different ways development could be configured.
Stackman submitted another 29 pages of application materials to the APA — primarily a series of maps intended to meet Burth’s demands — on September 2. In these documents, Stackman also described some alternative configurations for development that his group had considered internally and ultimately rejected because the configurations “would result in a significant amount of ground movement, construction and disruption in sensitive areas. »
Upon Burth’s request that Stackman verify the feasibility of any proposed water, sewer, or electrical expansions, Stackman responded that he was in “preliminary discussions” with the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation and the State Department of Transportation. He also said his engineers found that a water extension for the property could be successful.
Burth wrote that Stackman is required to submit applications for his project to entities with review authority over the project — such as the City of Jay and the state Departments of Health, Transportation, and Conservation. environment – so that the different approvals and requirements of these entities can be researched. and addressed early in the design phase. Stackman said he is “actively working” on these apps.
Once the APA receives all of these requested elements from Stackman, Burth wrote, the APA will likely request further evaluation of its proposal and identify the site surveys and reports needed to analyze the potential impacts the development might have. have on natural resources. Stackman will also need to submit final design plans.
Stackman’s proposal is one of the biggest developments to come before the APA since 2012, when the agency reviewed a proposal by Pennsylvania-based investment group Preserve Associates for a Tupper Lake subdivision with about 700 units. , a spa, a marina and an equestrian center. . This development did not materialize.