Adirondack Park Agency

Guidelines and Methodology

Application Instructions for Major Project Permits – Instructions Booklet for use in completing the General Information Request application form. (pdf 54kb)

Development in the Adirondack Park - Revised 2013/Last updated 2016
Development in the Adirondack Park (DAP) is an advisory publication prepared by Agency staff to help guide project sponsors in designing their land use and development proposals. Agency staff will continually revise and update this document.


Table of Contents

I. Development Considerations
Explanation of the 37 Development Considerations listed in Section 805 of the APA Act.

II. Project Guidelines
Guidance to identify the resources that may be impacted by proposed projects and development considerations to use to avoid adverse impacts to these resources.

  1. Lighting
  2. Signs
  3. Historic Site Considerations
  4. Energy
  5. Noise
  6. Biological Surveys
  7. Residential On-Site Wastewater Treatment

Additional guidelines forthcoming.

III. Support Documents

Guidelines for Appropriate Use of the Aquatic Herbicides Containing the Active Ingredient Triclopyr to Manage Eurasian Watermilfoil, an Aquatic Invasive Plant

Current Best Management Practices, Agency Flyers and other publications. Section is forthcoming.

Development in the Adirondack Park 1977/1991 (308 pages, pdf 26.6MB) -- Objectives and Guidelines for Planning and Review, by the Adirondack Park Agency, originally done in April 1977 with additions in some sections updated through April 1991

Citizen's Guide -- (CitizensGuide.pdf 390kb)

Compensatory Wetland Guidelines -- (compensatory_wetland_gdlns.pdf 33kb)

Freshwater Wetlands Delineation Manual -- This manual contains technical criteria for New York State wetland delineation and methods for identification and delineation of wetland boundaries. (WetlandDelineationNYS.pdf 424kb)

Minimum Requirements for Engineering Plans for On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems -- (onsite_wastewater.pdf 18kb)

Minor Project Permit Applicant’s Hand Book -- Instructions booklet for use in completing the minor project permit application form. (pdf 60kb)

On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Guidelines -- See Residential On-Site Wastewater Treatment

Project Design Guidelines for Minor Projects -- information regarding how to best design your project. (design_guidelines_for_minor_proj.pdf 16kb)

Site Plan Map Guidelines -- (site_plan_map.pdf 8kb)

Visual Analysis Methodology -- used to inventory and assess impacts of visibility (VisualAnalysisMethodolgy.pdf 26kb)

If you're not sure where to start, start with the Citizen's Guide. It should answer many questions or direct you to sources that will.

NYS Adirondack Park Agency Citizen's Guide


The following documents commonly meet many needs.

Citizen's Guide -- (CitizensGuide.pdf 370kb)
Adirondack Park Agency Act
Rules and Regulations
Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan -- Word Accessible version -- PDF version

Other sources of information from New York State include:

the State Library
the State Museum
the State Archives
the Department of Environmental Conservation