Our featured contributor and the author of a white paper entitled, The Adirondack Park Agency: “Under the Influence and In Need of Detoxification” – A Report to Gov. Paterson and the New York State Legislature, August 2010, is Chestertown attorney Frederick H. Monroe. Fred is an expert on Adirondack land use issues. He was appointed Executive Director of the Adirondack Local Government Review Board by the representatives of eleven Adirondack counties in April 2005. He has testified on land issues at congressional and New York State legislative hearings and is committed to ensuring the protection of the resources of the region in a way which also protects its people, their culture, and their needs for jobs and homes.
The Review Board was created in the same law which created the Adirondack Park Agency for the purpose of monitoring, advising and assisting the Agency and reporting to the governor and legislature on the administration of the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan.
For a full report on the economic climate in the Adirondacks, also featured is the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Study, (APRAP), a report that profiles all the 103 municipalities that comprise the Adirondack Park.
Sponsored by The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV), Adirondack North Country (ANCA), and the Towns of Chester and Arietta, the report is the result of a two-year research effort by and for the communities of the Adirondack Park and is intended to provide a data-rich, factual baseline for discussion and planning of park issues at both the local and regional levels. The assessment employs a modular format detailing community life, government operations, land use, infrastructure, emergency services, and education and park-wide demographics.
Mr. Monroe grew up on an island in Loon Lake in the Adirondacks. As a child, he helped his father dismantle a six story hotel on the island, which did not meet current building codes, and use the materials to build house keeping cottages to rent. He learned to appreciate the natural beauty of the region, the people’s resilience, their self reliance, and their culture of hunting and fishing to supplement meager incomes. He graduated from Siena College, with a B.S. in Physics.
Review Board White Paper 08/19/2010 (PDF – 566 KB)
Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project Report
Source: Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages