Shore lands development have restrictions for safety and maintenance. Use must not contribute to erosion, riverbank failure, settling, gullying, or interfere with the riverbank protection (rip-rap) program.
Riparian zones (shorelines) cannot be developed over 30% of the area. When over 30%, we encourage restoration to preserve environmental, fish and wildlife habitats.
Public Reserves areas are provided for use of all residents in most subdivisions. We only permit development in these areas by a recognized Cottage Owners Association.
Structures and landscaping
- Sand beaches are contained and located above normal high water level.
- Existing rip-rap (rock placed on shoreline) cannot be moved or removed.
- Wooden steps may be built over existing rip-rap for pedestrian access to water.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada must approve
- pea gravel used in water;
- cobbles placed over the existing rip-rap for pedestrian access to water.
- Single storey.
- Peaked roof 4/12 pitch.
- Flat-top boat houses are not allowed.
- Non-habitable structure maximum width 7.3 metres.
- Size restrictions vary, depending on development.
- Removable structure only.
- Size restrictions vary, depending on development (but usually less than 10 metres).
- A concrete pad to anchor dock to the shore may be permitted (above high water level) if no other alternative is practical.
- Railing required as per building codes.
- Not permitted higher than 1.2 metres above normal water level if located by water.
- May not overhang water more than 0.9 metres from shoreline.
Gazebos and sunrooms
- Non-habitable and moveable structure only.
- Distance to water varies, depending on development.
- A detailed plan should be submitted describing vegetation and material to be removed.
- Above ground and underground waterlines are permitted, but require the necessary approval.
- Directional drilling preferred (no alterations to bank).
- Minimum setback 6 metres from water’s edge.
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