The Proposed Lake Placid Hilton Redevelopment Plan
The Lake Placid Hilton has proposed a five story condominium project on the site of the Hilton-owned Lake View Motel on Saranac Avenue and Mirror Lake Drive in downtown Lake Placid. This project calls for a 46-unit condominium complex on the site of their existing Lake View Motel on Mirror Lake Drive.
Request for four substantial variances
The project must receive four different variances from the Adirondack Park Agency and local Lake Placid Zoning Board of Appeals.
1)The first variance request is to allow for more parking spaces than are currently allowed in the C-1 zoning district.
2)The second variance is for a conditional use variance because the building would be closer than 100 feet to a residential district.
3)The third variance is a request to construct the building 19 feet and 10 inches higher than the 30 feet maximum height currently allowed.
4)The fourth variance is for a significant setback in the front yard of the building.
Land Development Issues
The design of a community can reduce land, pavement, water and driving consumption. Poorly planned development threatens our environment, our health, and our quality of life in numerous ways.
All development projects should preserve quality of life for both existing and future residents. Whenever possible, a project should also be designed to enhance quality of life.
A good Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will achieve both goals by meeting the following three criteria:
All reasonable alternatives for achieving the project goals should be evaluated, including no-build.
All quality of life impacts, both positive and negative, resulting from each alternative must be identified
Each alternative must be ranked objectively with respect to cumulative and individual quality of life impacts.
research needed to fulfill these three criteria should be carried out in an open
process where the public is provided with ample, independent background information
and extensive opportunities to fully participate. Of course, the alternative should
be that which has the most positive quality of life impact while coming closest
to achieving the purposes of the project.