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Adirondack agency restricts shoreline rebuilding

Adirondack agency restricts shoreline rebuilding

The Adirondack Park Agency has imposed new restrictions on rebuilding camps and cottages on shorelin

The Adirondack Park Agency has imposed new restrictions on rebuilding camps and cottages on shoreline property in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park.

The agency board, voting 9-1, approved regulations effective Dec. 31 that will require zoning variances for “major” expansions of existing structures inside the 50- to 100-foot shoreline setbacks along lakes, ponds, rivers and navigable streams.

Under grandfather provisions, owners had been able to rebuild and expand without a variance in any direction except toward the water. Owners can still replace existing structures without a variance. Agency spokesman Keith McKeever says the APA plans to define the difference between major and minor expansions.

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