Recently Bill H-223 was introduced to The House seeking to regulate shoreline development. This Bill, as written would require the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt standards for the permitting of disturbances and development in lakeside and protected shoreline zones within the state.
Among other things it would require homeowners to obtain permits for shoreline development.
Owners of waterfront property who are considering expansion or renovations should pay close attention to this Bill.
If it passes as written, property owners would face serious restrictions to development of their water front properties here is Vermont.
While the intention of the Bill is to enact shoreline protection requirements to ensure clean waters for the future, opponents express some concerns that it is "overkill".
Waterfront property owners may want to keep an eye on this Bill's progression. You can find outline of the Bill at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-223.pdf.