The draft Environmental Impact Statement of the four parcels goes back to commissioners in September, when they might either designate land-use classification or carry deliberations into October.
APA’s decision will eventually be sent in a joint letter with DEC to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, McKeever said.
The governor’s signature grants final approval of any Adirondack Park land-use plan.
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This is the first of a two-part report on eight options on the APA planning table for State Land Master Plan classification.
The four parcels around and encompassing Essex Chain Lakes were added to the Adirondack Park as part of The Nature Conservancy's former Finch, Pruyn & Co. timberland deal. The new state lands are primarily in Minerva, Indian Lake and Newcomb.
Part 2 will explore how preexisting conditions could impact legal decision-making in the land-classification process.