The previous post here was the release of a White Paper proposing an amendment to Article 14 to enable Adirondack communities to handle modernization of utilities, improve water quality, handle adaptations to climate change weather and improve habitat connectivity for fish and wildlife.
It is a two part proposal – a use amendment and a land bank (the third). It generated some excellent questions from a variety of people.
This link contains the Frequently Asked Questions and their responses. The first post of this file generated more questions, so they have been added to the file. We will continue to add questions, so check back here for updates. The current file is called FAQ6.
Start here if you are not familiar with the current state of Article 14 of NYS Constitution. Scroll down to Article XIV.
At the CGA Forum in July 2012, we presented the results of the ADK Futures work, and a number of working groups dove into various topics during the afternoon. BTW, this year’s CGA Forum will use a workgroup format again.
One of those July 2012 groups discussed amendments to help towns get broadband, water, rebuild bridges more wisely, etc. Neil Woodward and Kayrn Richards left with the task of writing up the notes and getting others involved. By October 2012 a working group had organized itself and I wrote about it here.
Now it is June of 2014, and we are pleased to say good work has been done on the data gathering and legal thinking. It has come far enough to be worth sharing for considered discussion. There is no rush. It’s taken 22 months to get this far, and it improved over time. This is a complicated topic. So, we offer a deeply considered proposal that we hope will find wide support and success over time. We want your pubic voice in support, and we also want to hear concerns. Take the time to download the map data (warning, large files involved) and read the other two appendices. This is not intended as a yes-or-no offer, it is an invitation for ideas to resolve the issues we find present.
Please pass along this information as you wish. We welcome comments here (you need to create an account with your real name and log in) and anywhere else discussions might take place. We expect to write followups here as the summer unfolds so you might want to check back from time to time.
Click here to download the CGA Amendment Working Group White Paper.