What does the Tug Hill Reserve Act do?
Requires GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS to notify and consult with local town boards when they carry out or issue permits for development projects in SPECIAL AREAS.
What does the Tug Hill Reserve Act NOT do?
The Reserve Act does not affect the actions of private landowners. Private development can only be regulated by local zoning laws, and the Reserve Act and special area designation are NOT zoning.
What is a special area?
Any area designated by the town board which meet criteria established in the Tug Hill Reserve Act. Possible special areas include:
· important habitat areas
· large contiguous and core forest areas
· major river and stream corridors
· important headwater and groundwater areas
· historic and scenic areas
What is a governmental organization?
Governmental organizations required to comply with the Tug Hill Reserve Act include state, county and local agencies, boards, commissions, and authorities. Units of the federal government are not covered by this Act.
What towns are participating in the Tug Hill Reserve Act?
Towns which are members of the Cooperative Tug Hill Council may participate in the Act. These include the towns of Rodman, Pinckney, Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Turin, West Turin, Lewis, Florence, Osceola, Boylston, Redfield, Montague, Worth, and Lorraine.
Can special areas be changed in the future?
The town board may add, delete or change special areas designated on the map by a simple resolution of the board upon public hearing. The town board may also withdraw from involvement with the Tug Hill Reserve Act at any time upon repealing the map.