CHANGES TO 4/09/07 DRAFT
OREILLE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS
B. The following definitions shall apply to this title:
AWater Access Lot@: A water front lot upon a lake which is used to provide
access to the lake for to limited specific group of people rather than the general public.
Comments: These additional definitions
pertain to the following proposed changes including limitations on the practice of keyholing through water access lots and
limitations upon docks and larger docks such as marinas which would overcrowd the surface waters of Pend Oreille County.
Access. All applications for development activities fronting, near, or proposing
to access a river, lake, stream, or other body of water shall include, subject to County review and approval, a Water Access
Management Plan. This plan shall be process in accordance with the procedures for any associated permits, and shall include,
but is not limited to:
Comment: The current development
regulation needs some teeth. The County should specifically state that the Water
Access Management Plan and the associated development application can be denied. The
grounds for denial of approval of the Plan should also be stated. If over use
of a water resource is permitted, then the valuable water resource will be lost for the current uses of the water resources
and the water resource will be lost for all. If the boating traffic on the lakes
and rivers of Pend O=reille County become
like boat traffic on Coeur d=Alene Lake or Bayview
on Pend O=reille Lake, then
boating will not become a lesser and lesser desired use.
3 SACHEEN LAKE
xx.26.060 Rural Overlay Zone
A. The purpose of this zone is to identify rural areas that may
be suitable for more intensive development and to establish standards to promote compatible land used. Upon the completion of sub-area plans, the following areas may be designated as Limited Areas of More Intensive
Rural Development, Rural Activity Centers, or similar zones:
3. Sacheen Lake (more intensive residential densities only);
Comment: The Sacheen Lake Area
is already overdeveloped and cannot support more residences on its shoreline. Limited
Areas of More Intensive Rural Development allow for infill of the LAMIRD area which would only increase the overcrowding that
already exists. Infill is not needed or desired at Sacheen Lake and would in
fact be harmful to its environment by adding more people than the lake can support.
Comment: If a lot is designated
as a water access lot, that use should not be mixed with other residential uses or other uses.
Such other uses would be incompatible with the water access use.
Lakes Smaller than 350 acres in size
Marinas are not
allowed on lakes smaller than 350 acres in size.
Comment: If a marina which is defined
as a dock with 10 or more boat berths is allowed on small lakes, then the small lake cannot absorb the increased boat usage
of its surface waters without harmful effect to the current users. The current
users could or would be forced off the lake. (Sacheen Lake is less than 350 acres.)
PIERS AND DOCKS
A. General Regulations
this time the establishment of regulations for the location, spacing, and length of piers and docks is not recommended, however
The USACOE has limitations for docks on the Pend Oreille River
on lakes of 350 acres or less: 50 feet
on lakes of 351 acres to 700 acres: 75 feet
C. Docks on lakes over 700 acres: 100 feet.
Comment: If the length of docks are not limited, then the owners of the adjacent land tend to extend the length
of docks leading to decreased area in the lakes for other boat users. Limitations
on length are reasonable and for a valid purpose.
3. Lakes over 700 acres in size
Water Access Lots will be permitted only if the lake shoreline
development does not exceed 90%, provided other access
opportunities exist, erosion is addressed, and the number of
access lots would not exceed 50 lots either secondary or third
tier are permitted.
Comment: Water access lots should not be approved if they would lead to overcrowding and damage to the lake
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK REGULATIONS
Comment: If the number of RV units is not limited, then overcrowding of the water body will occur. Recreational Vehicles are in ever growing popularity. To protect
the water body from overuse, limitations on the number of vehicles is required.
DESIGN AND IMPROVEMENT
RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO WATER BODIES
Recreational Access to Water Bodies.
Recreational access to water bodies (as defined by the Shoreline Management Act of 1971) is required as follows:
to 25 Back Lots: Recreational area with water frontage equal to the average
water front lot width for individual lots within the subdivision in feet and
containing no less than 7500 square feet.
Back Lots: Recreational area with water frontage equal to twice the average
water frontage lot width for individual lots within subdivision in feet and
containing no less than 15,000 square feet.
50 Back Lots: Recreational area with water frontage equal to twice
the average water frontage width at the ordinary high water line of individual lots within the subdivision plus two additional lineal feet for every back lot over 51 . Minimum 15,000 square feet.
Comment: To protect a water body from overuse, It is necessary to limit water access lots for secondary and
tertiary development. These revised regulations prevent excessive overcrowding
as opposed to the current draft.
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