There are a multitude of reasons a property owner cannot just build what they want on their land
or use their land as they want.
Conserving the the natural environment, regulating development and providing
a healthy, safe place for those who will use the property are all factors for the need to oversee and permit land
uses, construction and property sub division.
The different agencies have been charged to oversee specific components
and to ensure the compliance with the federal, state and local laws.
Take a look at the Adirondack Park Agency's
Citizen Guide here