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Layouts of typical Adirondack hamlets inform expansion design.

Hamlets 3 report coverHamlets 3
- Planning for Smart Growth and Expansion of Hamlets in the Adirondack Park

from chapter 1

About Hamlets 3
Many hamlets in the Adirondack Park have expressed a need for residential and commercial expansion. Using the principles of smart growth, Hamlets 3 responds to this need by helping local communities and regional decision-makers plan for sustainable development. Smart growth, which balances economic development and preservation of the environment, has two important benefits:
1. it enables communities to integrate land suitable for development into the fabric of the existing hamlet, thus concentrating rather than dissipating resources, and
2. it complements the protection of forests, farmland and other forms of open space by avoiding visually unappealing, and resource-inefficient sprawl and strip development.
This guide develops a planning and design model for smart growth that builds on existing community centers and bridges state and local planning processes.


Hamlets 1 & 2 background
Hamlets 3 is the third installment of a series that builds on two previous studies from the 1980s: Hamlets of the Adirondacks 1and 2. Hamlets 1 educated persons and agencies (especially those outside of the park) about the existence of the hamlets, addressing any perception that the Adirondacks is entirely a wilderness, without any communities or resident population. It made the case that the hamlets had pressing needs for new investment and revitalization, and that appropriate policies and programs were required to meet the needs of hamlets. Problems identified in Hamlets 1 included struggling local economies, workforce housing shortages, inadequate infrastructure, deteriorating public realms, and perceived administrative obstacles to development.

Hamlets 2 provided local governments, planning boards, community organizations, and concerned individuals with ideas and strategies on hamlet revitalization.Hamlets 1 received a National Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Hamlets 1 & 2 won the American Planning Association’s National Best Planning Project Award in 1987. Roger Trancik, professor emeritus, Cornell University, was lead consultant in the development and production of Hamlets 1 & 2.

Hamlets 3 project
Hamlets 3 finds ways to create opportunities for sustainable smart expansion of Adirondack hamlets by improving their physical and economic environment. This can be achieved in part through affordable housing, jobs, open spaces, community facilities, and the expansion of infrastructure.

Hamlets 3 recognizes the uniqueness of the Adirondacks as a significant nature preserve that also contains a diverse collection of hamlets – "a park of people and nature." It recognizes the special problems of the Adirondack hamlet as small, isolated, and having a seasonallyfluctuating population and economy. It also recognizes the requirements of the regional environmental planning regulations administered by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the need to provide local communities and their constituent agencies with tools, procedures, and guidelines to plan for appropriate kinds of development. Hamlets 3 respects the positive attributes of the Adirondacks to improve quality of life in the hamlets.

Client groups and sponsors
Hamlets 3 is funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in partnership with the APA and Department of State, under its current and ongoing Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Grant Program. The overall purpose of this initiative is to link environmental protection, economic development and community livability within the special conditions of the Adirondack Park.

The firm of Roger Trancik, FASLA, Urban Design Consultants, Ithaca, New York is lead consultant for Hamlets 3. The Adirondack Community Housing Trust is principal client with Essex County, acting through its planning department, as the municipal sponsor. A broad-based Advisory Committee representing many different public, semi-public and private organizations and stakeholders throughout the park provided project direction and feedback during the development of Hamlets 3. For a complete listing of contributors see credits on Page 2.


Download Chapters...

Chapter 1 - About Hamlets

Chapter 2 - Smart Growth Principles
(2.1MB PDF)

Chapter 3 - Study Elements
(4.6MB PDF)

Chapter 4 - Field Analysis
(4.7MB PDF)

Chapter 5 - Expansion Model
(8.7MB PDF)

Chapter 6 - Achieving Success
(1.1MB PDF)






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