Shoreland Overlay Zoning
In a recent nationwide assessment conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, loss of shoreland habitat was found to be the greatest stressor of the nation’s lakes (USEPA 2009). Lakes with poor shoreland habitat were three times more likely to be in poor biological condition. These findings underscore the need to promote restoration and preservation of natural shoreline areas. One way this might be accomplished is through the establishment of an overlay zoning district.