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Shoreland Development (Minnesota)

Eligibility 
Utility
Fed. Government
Commercial
Agricultural
Investor-Owned Utility
State/Provincial Govt
Industrial
Construction
Municipal/Public Utility
Local Government
Residential
Installer/Contractor
Rural Electric Cooperative
Tribal Government
Low-Income Residential
Schools
Retail Supplier
Institutional
Multi-Family Residential
Systems Integrator
Fuel Distributor
Nonprofit
General Public/Consumer
Transportation
Savings Category 
Fuel Cells
Photovoltaics
Program Info
State 
Minnesota
Program Type 
Siting and Permitting

This program aims to (1) provide guidance for the wise development of shorelands of public waters and thus preserve and enhance the quality of surface waters; (2) preserve the economic and natural environmental values of shorelands; and (3) provide for the wise use of water and related land resources of the state. For the purpose of these regulations, shorelands are defined as land located within the following distances from the ordinary high water elevation of public waters: (1) 1,000 feet from the normal high watermark of a lake, pond, or flowage; and (2) 300 feet of a river or stream or the landward side of a floodplain delineated by ordinance on the river or stream, whichever is greater. The Department of Natural Resources sets model standards and criteria for shoreland management and allowable development; municipalities can also choose to set complementary or more stringent standards, but these must be submitted to the DNR for review.

Specific regulations can be found on the DNR Shoreland Management Programs website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/shoreland/index.html and in the Minnesota Administrative Rules, chapter 6120.