A permit is required for certain activities within a protected area of the shoreline, such as expanding existing buildings, driveways, lawns, and the overall impervious footprint of shoreline properties.
The House on Monday passed a bill to put in place new statewide shoreland development standards for Vermont’s lakes and large ponds. The House voted 93-42 in favor of H.526 as amended by a conference committee. The bill requires the Agency of Natural Resources to approve new building projects that come within 250 feet of […]
The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring a permit to build along Vermont’s shorelines. Vermont has no statewide standards for development along the shorelines of its lakes and ponds. According to a 2013 report on Vermont’s lakes, there is less natural shoreline vegetation in Vermont than the national average. More on shorelands […]
“It will abate people from just clear-cutting and not paying attention to runoff that goes into the lake,” said Rep. Bob Krebs, D-South Hero.
There are no statewide standards for shoreland development in Vermont. According to a 2013 report on Vermont’s lakes, the state’s natural shoreline vegetation is less than the national average.
The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee unanimously approved a bill Friday to require a permit for certain development around lakes and ponds of greater than 10 acres.
The quality of Vermont’s lakes is becoming degraded, and poor shoreland development is one significant cause. But now we have an opportunity to slow, and even reverse, this trend with a bill pending in the Legislature.
The bill, which applies only to lakes larger than 10 acres in size, creates a protected zone extending up to 250 feet from the shoreline under certain conditions.
Bill requiring a permit to build within 250 feet of any shoreline has landowners concerned about property rights.
Questions focus on permit requirement at first public hearing on new lakeshore protection act.
Tons of sediment is pouring into the lake from the Winooski, Mississquoi and other rivers from snowmelt and rain runoff, carrying with it the majority of phosphorous that causes blue green and other algae blooms.
Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Chittenden-Grand Isle, struck a deal with the Senate leadership and Sen. Bob-Hartwell, D-Bennington, chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, that will put H.526 on hold until next January.
The law requires lakefront property owners to obtain a permit from the Agency of Natural Resources for construction occurring within 250 feet of a lakeshore.