New shoreline building rules get over hurdle

New shoreline building regulations have been passed by the state Natural Resources Board, the Associated Press is reporting:

Property owners would have to limit waterproof surfaces such as roofs and driveways. Buildings within 75 feet of the water would be limited to 35 feet in height.¬†Homeowners who want to expand a pre-existing structure within 75 feet of the water would have to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Rules limiting spending on renovations to pre-existing structures to 50 percent of their value would be wiped out, allowing unlimited repairs and internal remodeling.”

The changes have a way to go yet before going into effect. They next head to a legislative committee.

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