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Expanding, Building On, How Big Can A Maine Lake Home Be?

Shoreland zoning in Maine, the rules of what you can and can not do around the waterfront.

In the beginning, there was just a help yourself approach to the Maine waterfront.

Build that Maine lake camp or river cabin wherever you wanted. Pick what you thought at the time was the best spot for view, casting for fish off the front porch on the water's edge.maine lake beach photo

No shoreland zoning in Maine regulations to go by when many simple camps on lakes, rivers, the waterfront sprung up one by one.

No permits, no guidance, workshops, handbooks.

For best practices around the waterfront.

Topics like retainer walls, vegetative riparian buffers to hold the soil on land. Not using pressure treated docks that had arsenic forced into the wood for a preservative. But that was Kryponite to the fish, wildlife. Way back then there was not the educating about the importance to protect the natural resource. Before it was too late to turn back.

Just no associations, state statutes to follow the dots concerning Maine waterfront development, septic systems, auxiliary structures like porches, decks, docks, and clearing vegetation.

No officials with clipboards and the power to access daily fines for not being in compliance.

maine lake photoOr just charging in like a bull in the china closet and crew cutting the lot of all the trees.

Making long sweeping lawns that cause dirt to race, dump into the lake when heavy rains happen.

Building Taj Mahal's and causing lots of non source point pollution. That all chokes the fish big time.

If you had gills, could breathe under water you would know the harm being done and be hopping mad about it.

Milfoil, erosion, improperly built roadways or over used for their original intent. Silt causing vegetation out front your expensive Maine waterfront real estate that hurts the Maine loons.

Not on the federal, state, county and local level, lots of folks even the game warden out there to be the lake police.maine lake rocks photo

That frown on that shoot from the hip approach to development around the Maine waterfront property shoreland zone of 250' back from the precious resource.

There are lots of requirements for new and grandfathered in Maine waterfront properties.

Before you buy the land on the Maine lake. Make the calls, do the due diligence. Study the ins and out.

Ask the questions. Get the permits in place before the real estate closing sit down for the paperwork signing.

And understand the current Maine shoreland zoning regulations going in.

To avoid the kicking yourself later, heavy legal fines, getting grief from state and local officials that just want to protect the Maine shoreline.

You do too right? For your kids or okay, even if it is only about the resale, your wallet. In preserving the value of the waterfront property in Maine.

Read full article on 30 percent expansion rule on Maine shoreland zoning building.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 10 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • August 29 2014 03:40AM


Beautiful, Maine certainly is part of paradise, enjoy these last days of summer.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 6 years ago

Due diligence is a wonderful caution that everyone in Maine and everywhere should practice in their planning for the home of a lifetime.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 6 years ago

Yes, many don't care for the new regulations that have gradually been put in place.  Though, without them the area could easily be destroyed.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 6 years ago

Good morning, Andy.... I'm sure the rules in Maine are not overpowering as they are our area, it's a money maker for the town...the fees are astronomical and the town will do whatever to control building....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 6 years ago

Dave ... Nicest part of late summer, as the leaves explode in fireworks of color, the second bloom.

S and D ... Boy and girl scout prepared.

Gabe ... Protect the resource, be a good steward works best.

BT ... Not a zillion people, less infractions, layers and more education on the important of being careful cutting a woodlot that has a brook that is an inlet to the Maine lake. Promoting vegetation along the line to keep it from eroding, receding.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

This is good advice for owners and prospective real estate purchasers. 

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Many of us wish we could be in Maine for the weekend, or even better for the month.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 6 years ago

Many towns tack on high fees as a way to generate extra and easy revenues. Nice way to get the word out on Maine's guidelines...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 6 years ago

Roy ... Same to you fella!

L and S ... overspending, need for shrinking in government happens.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

Hi Andrew.  Protecting the waterfront is important but irrational regulations shouldn't prevent building.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 6 years ago

Hi Andrew, Ecellent post. Living on a lake we are subject to a lot of regulation, most of it seems reasonable, some of it questionable but in the end, the health of the lake and the fish should be top priority. Due diligence is a must for any prospective buyer.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) about 6 years ago

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