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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 049A : Lake Shoreland Protection Standards

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1443)
  • § 1443. Individual permit requirements for impervious surface or cleared area in a protected shoreland area

    (a) Permit requirement. A person shall not create cleared area or impervious surface in a protected shoreland area without a permit from the Secretary issued under this section, except for activities authorized to occur without a permit under section 1446 of this title.

    (b) Permit issuance. The Secretary shall issue a permit under this section if the proposed impervious surface or cleared area meets the requirements of section 1444 or 1445 of this title.

    (c) Permit process. When an application is filed under this section, the Secretary shall proceed in accordance with chapter 170 of this title.

    (d) Permit condition. A permit issued under this section may include permit conditions, including authorizing a permittee, no more frequently than two times per year, to clear vegetative cover within three feet of both sides of a footpath within the protected shoreland area in order to allow access to the mean water level for maintenance or repair of recreational structures or for other activity approved by the Secretary.

    (e) Permit term. Individual permits issued under this section shall be for an indefinite term, provided that the permittee complies with the requirements of the permit and takes no additional action for which an individual permit is required.

    (f) Recording. A permit or registration issued under this chapter shall, for the purposes of having the permit or registration run with the land, be recorded in the land records of the municipality in which the impervious surface or cleared area is located.

    (g) Public recreational areas. Notwithstanding the requirements of sections 1444 and 1445 of this title, the Secretary shall issue a permit under this chapter for a public recreational area project if the permit applicant demonstrates and the Secretary finds that:

    (1) the recreational activity provides access to the water for the general public and promotes the public trust uses of the water;

    (2) the impervious surface or cleared area is necessary to achieve the recreational purpose of the project, and the project must be constructed within the protected shoreland area to achieve its recreational function; and

    (3) the project conforms with best management practices approved by the Secretary that protect the habitat and water quality of the lake while achieving the public recreational purposes. (Added 2013, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 2015, No. 150 (Adj. Sess.), § 20, eff. Jan. 1, 2018.)