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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 049A : LAKE SHORELAND PROTECTION STANDARDS

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1446)
  • § 1446. Registered projects; exemptions from permitting

    (a)(1) Registered projects. The following projects in a protected shoreland area do not require a permit under section 1444 or 1445 of this title:

    (A) The creation of no more than 100 square feet of impervious surface or cleared area, or a combination of impervious surface or cleared area, within 100 feet of the mean water level, provided that:

    (i) the owner of the property on which the impervious surface or cleared area is created registers with the Secretary, on a form provided by the Secretary that contains the name of the property owner, the address of the property, and a certification that the project meets the requirements of this subsection (a);

    (ii) the impervious surface or cleared area is located at least 25 feet from the mean water level; and

    (iii) vegetative cover shall be managed according to the requirements of section 1447 of this title.

    (B) The creation of 500 square feet or less of impervious surface, cleared area, or a combination of impervious surface and cleared area, provided that:

    (i) the owner of the property on which the impervious surface or cleared area is created registers with the Secretary a form provided by the Secretary that contains the name of the property owner, the address of the property, and a certification that the project meets the requirements of this subsection;

    (ii) the impervious surface or cleared area is at least 100 feet from the mean water level;

    (iii) any proposed cleared area or area within the protected shoreland area where an impervious surface shall be sited has a slope of less than 20 percent;

    (iv) after the completion of the project, the protected shoreland area shall consist of no more than 20 percent impervious surface; and

    (v) after the completion of the project, the protected shoreland area shall consist of no more than 40 percent cleared area, including any area cleared for the purposes of creating impervious surface.

    (2) Limit on registration per parcel. A person shall not use the registration process under this subsection to create more than a maximum total per parcel of:

    (A) 100 square feet of impervious surface or cleared area within 100 feet of the mean water level; and

    (B) 500 square feet of impervious surface or cleared area within the protected shoreland area that is at least 100 feet from the mean water level.

    (3) Effect of registration. A registration shall take effect 15 days after being filed with the Secretary, unless the Secretary requests that the person registering submit additional information that the Secretary considers necessary or the Secretary notifies the person registering that an individual permit is required.

    (4) Term. Registrations shall be for an indefinite term, provided that the person complied with the requirements of this subsection and takes no action for which an individual permit is required.

    (b) Exemptions. The following activities in a protected shoreland area do not require a permit under section 1444 or 1445 of this title:

    (1) Management of vegetative cover. Management of vegetative cover conducted in compliance with section 1447 of this title.

    (2) Removal of vegetation for recreational purposes. The cutting or removal of no more than 250 square feet of the existing vegetation under three feet in height within 100 feet of the mean water level to allow for recreational use in the protected shoreland area, provided that:

    (A) the cutting or removal of vegetation occurs at least 25 feet from the mean water level; and

    (B) other ground cover, including leaf litter and the forest duff layer, shall not be removed from the area in which cutting occurs.

    (3) Maintenance of lawns. The maintenance, but not the enlargement, of lawns, gardens, landscaped areas, and beaches in existence as of July 1, 2014.

    (4) Creation of footpaths. The creation of one footpath per parcel with a width of no greater than six feet that provides access to the mean water level. Under this subdivision, a footpath includes stairs, landings, or platforms within the authorized six-feet width.

    (5) Construction within footprint. Construction within the footprint of an impervious surface, existing as of July 1, 2014, that does not result in a net increase in the amount of impervious surface on a parcel.

    (6) Silvicultural activities Silvicultural activities in a protected shoreland area if the silvicultural activities are in compliance with:

    (A) a forest management plan, approved by the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation, for the land in the protected shoreland area in which the silvicultural activities occur; and

    (B) the accepted management practices adopted by the Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation under section 2622 of this title.

    (7) Agricultural activities. Agricultural activities on land in agricultural production on July 1, 2014, provided that:

    (A) no impervious surface shall be created or expanded in a protected shoreland area except: when no alternative outside the protected shoreland area exists, the construction of a best management practice is necessary to abate an agricultural water quality issue, and the best management practice is approved by the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets under 6 V.S.A. chapter 215; and

    (B) the agricultural activities within the protected shoreland area comply with the rules adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets under 6 V.S.A. chapter 215 regarding agricultural water quality, including required agricultural practices, best management practices, medium and small farm operation, and large farm operation.

    (8) Transportation infrastructure and private roads. The maintenance, emergency repair, repair, and replacement of:

    (A) Transportation infrastructure by the Vermont Agency of Transportation or by a municipality.

    (B) A private road that does not require a permit under section 1264 of this title, provided that emergency repair, repair, and replacement of the private road shall comply with the applicable water quality best management practices approved by the Secretary under 19 V.S.A. § 996 and incorporated within the Vermont Agency of Transportation town road and bridge standards for controlling stormwater runoff and direct discharges to State waters. The requirement to comply with the water quality best management practices shall apply even if the municipality in which the private road is located has not adopted the town road and bridge standards. Under this subdivision, expansion of a private road in order to allow for passage of emergency vehicles shall be considered repair that does not require a permit under section 1443 of this title.

    (9) Railroad activities. Railroad activities and facilities within the jurisdiction of federal law.

    (10) Parcel intersected by public highway. The creation or expansion of impervious surface or cleared area on a parcel within the protected shoreland area when the parcel is intersected by a highway and the impervious surface or cleared area is created or expanded on that portion of the parcel on the side of the highway away from the mean water level.

    (11) Wastewater systems and potable water supplies. Installation, maintenance, repair, or replacement of a wastewater system or potable water supply permitted by the Agency of Natural Resources under chapter 64 of this title.

    (12) Stormwater treatment. Discharges of stormwater, stormwater treatment facilities or practices, including repair or maintenance, permitted by the Agency of Natural Resources under section 1264 of this title.

    (13) Utility projects and utility lines.

    (A) The construction of projects that require a certificate of public good under 30 V.S.A. § 248 subject to the Agency of Natural Resources Riparian Buffer Guidance for Act 250 and Section 248 projects.

    (B) The routine repair and maintenance of utility lines and structures including vegetation maintenance in utility line corridors, in a protected shoreland area that are subject to 30 V.S.A. § 248, chapter 151 of this title, or a vegetation management plan approved by the Agency in a protected shoreland area. Vegetation management practices in a protected shoreland area shall be performed in accordance with a vegetation management plan approved by the Agency of Natural Resources.

    (C) The emergency repair of utility lines and poles in protected shoreland areas, provided that such repair minimizes adverse impacts to vegetation in the protected shoreland area.

    (14) Act 250 permit. Projects that have received a permit pursuant to chapter 151 of this title.

    (15) Designated downtowns and village centers. Projects in downtowns and village centers designated pursuant to 24 V.S.A. chapter 76A.

    (16) Urban and industrial redevelopment. Construction, creation, or expansion of impervious surface or cleared area within a protected shoreland area, provided that:

    (A) the area in which the impervious surface or cleared area will be constructed, created, or expanded is:

    (i) urban or industrial in nature;

    (ii) contains as of July 1, 2014 impervious surface or cleared area; and

    (iii) has been designated by municipal bylaw for redevelopment.

    (B) the municipality has adopted a shoreland bylaw or ordinance that:

    (i) is at least as stringent as the permitting requirements and exemptions of this chapter; or

    (ii) requires best management practices or other controls that are, as determined by the Secretary, functionally equivalent to compliance with the permitting requirements and exemptions of this chapter.

    (17) Mosquito control. Where mosquito populations create a public health hazard, as that term is defined in 18 V.S.A. § 2, physical practices or activities approved by the Secretary that create cleared area or remove vegetative cover in order to reduce mosquito breeding habitat, provided that any activity authorized under this subdivision shall comply with the Vermont Wetlands Rules.

    (18) Removal of constructed feature. Temporary cutting or removal of vegetation to remove an existing constructed feature, provided that the area of removal is revegetated according to the requirements for the management of vegetative cover under section 1447 of this title and all cutting and removal of vegetation complies with the Agency's low-risk site handbook for erosion prevention and sediment control.

    (c) Application of vegetative cover requirements. Activities authorized under subdivisions (b)(2)-(17) of this section shall not be required to comply with the requirements for the management of vegetative cover under section 1447 of this title. (Added 2013, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 2015, No. 64, § 13; 2019, No. 50, § 4, eff. June 10, 2019.)