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Building On Maine Lakes...Does Anything Go? Trust Your Judgement?

Building On Maine Lakes!No...You can not just listen to the little voice in your head on this one folks. You need to follow the rules to protect the resource. When building on Maine lakes, check with the state's shoreland zoning ordinance and then on top of that, what does the town have for stricter regulations, if any?  If in an unorganized township or plantation, a call and email to LURC (Land Use Regulation Commission) for permitting purposes in in order.  On lakes, building is no closer than 100' from high water mark.  A soil scientist will perform an inspection that should be a contingency of a purchase FIRST and the form he creates, the HHE 200 will be needed to show the lot is buildable and where the leachfield will be going.  Check too if the leachfield is going to be so big that you have very little lattitude on where the dwelling or cottage is going to go after it gets installed.  What is the cost for the septic too is another contigency to avoid surprises after you made the purchase. For a primer on shoreland zoning visit www.maine.gov/dep/blwq/docstand/sz/citizenguide.pdf   The days of just going into the water with a bulldozer to clear rocks or make a beach are long over.  You go to jail to make license plates for a living if you do this nowadays. Protecting the resourse from non source point pollution (silt, run off, development) is the key.  For septic system soil test evaluators, visit www.mapss.org for the ins and out of this very important aspect of building around the waterfront in Maine! You want to give your kids the lake in better or as good a shape as when you took the reins.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • May 22 2007 10:33AM

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