Senate backs lakeshore development bill

The beauty of mile-long Silver Lake has inspired the prose of writers and intense loyalty from the hikers and family who return there year after year to picnic, swim, or camp at tent sites hidden along the shore at left. Photo by M. Dickey Drysdale

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.

Shoreland protection bill emerges from Senate committee

Lake Champlain’s frosty shoreline in Charlotte. Photo by John Herrick/VTDiger

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.

Elizabeth Humstone: Lakeshore protections necessary step for Vermont

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.

Senate looks at revisions to shoreline protection bill

Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, vice chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, heard testimony on ANR’s proposed shoreline protection bill last week. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

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.

Shoreland protection debate draws emotional response

Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, and Sen. Bob Hartwell, D-Bennington, heard testimony on whether to regulate the state’s shorelands during a public hearing Wednesday night in Montpelier. Both serve on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Bill requiring a permit to build within 250 feet of any shoreline has landowners concerned about property rights.

Crowd in Newport presses state officials on lakeshore regulations

Shoreland THUMB

Questions focus on permit requirement at first public hearing on new lakeshore protection act.

Hoerr: Shoreline development bill misguided

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.

Lakeshore building regulation bill stalls in Senate

Sunset over Lake Whitingham prior to Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Professor Bop.

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.

Water protection, property rights debated; lakeshore development bill gets passed by Vermont House


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.

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