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