The state agency that oversees public and private development in upstate New York’s massive Adirondack Park has dropped a proposed regulation to limit seasonal campground occupancy – at least for now.
“I don’t have anything officially,” said Bob Klos, executive director Campground Owners of New York (CONY). “My gut feeling is that they are going to go back and revisit this and come up with some criteria about the impact of the regulations and why they want to do it.
“It’s good that it’s off the table for the immediate future.”
Adirondack Park Agency (APA) spokesman Keith McKeever told a local newspaper that after considering comments from the public and state legislators it is “clear that we need to look at the impact to small businesses more.”
Some 133 private campgrounds are located within the park, 50 of them CONY members.
The rules proposed by the APA would have restricted visitors’ stays in private campgrounds to 90 days, and required units to be removed from the property after 120 days – measures that clearly didn’t meet with CONY’s approval.
Following a Sept. 27 meeting attended by representatives of APA, CONY, the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) and local town managers, it became clear, Klos said, that GORR would not give the regulations clearance to be submitted for official regulatory approval without an extensive impact study.
APA was created in the 1970s to oversee the six-million acre park, about half of which is in private hands.
Klos said CONY’s attorney believes the proposed rules exceeded APA’s authority.
“They are trying to regulate seasonal camping, and, to them, a season is three months,” Klos said. “It’s unenforceable.”