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Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project Shoreline Management Plan January 30, 2003 Agenda Review of mapping with new parameters Finalize classifications, parameters, and regulations Additional items Shoreline stabilization requirements Vegetation removal guidelines Schedule

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Smith Mountain Pumped Storage ProjectShoreline Management Plan

January 30, 2003


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Agenda

  • Review of mapping with new parameters

  • Finalize classifications, parameters, and regulations

  • Additional items

    • Shoreline stabilization requirements

    • Vegetation removal guidelines

  • Schedule

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Classifications

  • High Density Commercial - Project lands and waters where individuals or for profit entities operate facilities as a place of business. Within the project boundaries those facilities may include where boats can be launched, retrieved or docked, as well as obtain petroleum. Outside the project boundaries associated facilities could include provisions for food services, convenience retailing including petroleum dispensing, dry storage of watercraft and where other activities customarily associated with marinas, campgrounds, private recreation areas and private clubs take place. The high use commercial classification includes facilities that would be expected to incur heavy amounts of boat traffic, such as marinas.

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Classifications

  • Multi-Use Residential - Project lands and waters where boats can be launched, retrieved or docked for the purpose of providing private access to the lake for specific residential properties including:

    • Multi-family dwellings (e.g. apartments, townhouses, condominiums).

    • Subdivision access lots that serve single-family type dwellings that are located within a parcel of land with waterfrontage that has been subdivided into individual lots regardless of the number of slips.

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Classifications

  • Public Use - Project lands and waters where facilities are operated by non-profit organizations and/or governmental entities and that support various public recreational amenities or areas that are used for the public good. Examples of the public use classification include public access areas, and state, district, county and city parks that adjoin the project boundary, water intake areas, lake clean-up facilities and other similar public use type endeavors.

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Classifications

  • Low Density Use

    • Low Density Commercial - Project lands and waters where individuals or for profit entities operate facilities as a place of business. Within the project boundaries, those facilities may include where boats can be docked for short periods of time by customers. Long term storage or launching of boats from these facilities is not allowed. For operations outside the project boundaries, associated facilities could include provisions for food services, convenience retailing and restaurants or private clubs. The low density use commercial classification includes facilities that would be expected to incur relatively small amounts of boat traffic, such as access docks for convenience stores, restaurants, or shopping areas.

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Classifications

  • Low Density Use

    • Low Density Multi-Use - Project lands and waters that support apartments, townhouses, and condominiums and off water or common lot access for small developments. A multi-slip common dock in this area would be limited to 10 or fewer slips.

    • Single Family-Type Residential - Project lands and waters that support private facilities for waterfront landowners, . This classification may include, among other things, piers, boat docks, and floaters.

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Classifications

  • Impact Minimization Zone - Project lands and waters that have specifically-identified importance from an environmental, scenic, or cultural standpoint. Development within these areas would be limited, but possible, based on a review of the related plans including mitigation for any impacts to resources.

  • Conservation/Environmental - Areas with specific resources that need protection include but are not limited to recreational opportunities, scenic beauty, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and wetlands. The Conservation/Environmental classification includes areas around the lakes that are particularly important to protect and enhance these various resources around the Lakes. In these areas, development inside the project boundary is prohibited.

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Parameters

  • High Density Commercial

    • Coves and main channel areas with a width of more than 500 feet shoreline to shoreline.

    • Existing watercraft density that is less dense than 15 acres per boat (Densities are based on the boat density study that identified the location of watercraft on peak use days.).

    • Area within 1/2 mile from facility must be less than 50 percent developed (including single family docks) as measured by shoreline dock density.

    • Shoreline with existing commercial facilities.

    • Shoreline within 3/4 mile of the Hales Ford Bridge.

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Parameters

  • Multi-Use Residential

    • Coves and main channel areas with a width of more than 500 feet shoreline to shoreline.

    • Existing watercraft density that is less dense than 15 acres per boat on the water adjacent to the proposed development or where the entrance to the cove is less dense than 12 acres per boat.

    • Shoreline with existing multi-use type facilities

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Parameters

  • Public Use

    • Coves and main channel areas with a width of more than 500 feet shoreline to shoreline.

    • Existing watercraft density that is less dense than 15 acres per boat.

    • Shoreline currently designated as public recreation.

    • Areas identified for future public use.

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Parameters

  • Low Density Use

    • Existing watercraft density that is less dense than 12 acres per boat on the water adjacent to the residence.

    • Areas not otherwise classified that have a county zoning of residential.

    • Shoreline with existing single family docks and piers.

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Parameters

  • Impact Minimization Zone

    • Wetlands that span less than 100 feet of linear shoreline.

    • Areas classified as large woody debris. The definition of large woody debris areas is "Areas of large downed trees with a density of more than 5 trees greater than 10 inches in diameter per 100 linear feet of shoreline."

    • Areas within 100 feet of a known cultural resource site contained in the VA SHPO files.

    • Undeveloped islands.

    • Area adjacent to Smith Mountain Wildlife Management Area

    • Areas identified as scenic (the Cliffs and Smith Mountain)

    • Areas with existing watercraft density that is more dense than 12 acres per boat.

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Parameters

  • Conservation/Environmental

    • Large wetland areas (e.g. 100 ft. or more of continuous shoreline length),

    • Areas identified by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program as important natural communities.

    • Important nursery areas for juvenile striped bass.

    • Areas within designated restriction zones such as between the boat barriers upstream of the project dams and the dams themselves.

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Classification Summary

High-density commercial 16.01 miles

High-density multi-use 68.48 miles

Public use 15.52 miles

Low-density use 416.10 miles

Impact minimization zone 36.24 miles

Conservation 37.91 miles

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High Density Commercial Regulations

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the 795-contour line National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) for Smith Mountain Lake and the 600-foot contour NGVD for Leesville Lake. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. All docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

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High Density Commercial Regulations

4. Any dredging that occurs must meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

5. Docks may not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 100 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation.

6. The dock owners will sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

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High Density Commercial Regulations

7. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 5,000 square feet.

8. The minimum distance between groups of dock slips shall be 60 feet.

9. No pier / dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

10. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

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High Density Commercial Regulations

11. Facilities must be in compliance with Virginia Department of Health, Marina Regulations and provide sanitation facilities for pump-out, dump stations and bathroom facilities.

12. All structures located within the project boundary must be located within the extended side lot lines and must maintain a setback of at least 200 feet from extended or actual side lot lines. This setback may be reduced if adjacent to an existing commercial use and an easement/agreement is obtained from the adjacent property owner and the easement/agreement is recorded. The setback may not be reduced to less than 60 feet from the extended side lot line.

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High Density Commercial Regulations

13. There shall be no enclosures located within the project boundary.

14. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to the highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 26 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville Lake. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story. If a flat roof is constructed, public access to the roof will be prohibited.

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High Density Commercial Regulations

15. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

16. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to a total of 50% of the total physical structure or assessed structure value whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it must meet the new requirements.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the 795-contour line National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) for Smith Mountain Lake and the 600-foot contour NGVD for Leesville Lake. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. All docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

4. The docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 100 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation is the responsibility of the landowner.

5. Any dredging that occurs must meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

6. No pier/dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

7. The dock owner will sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

8. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, is 5,000 square feet.

9. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

10. A maximum of one watercraft slip per housing unit will be considered for approval.

11. All structures located within the project boundary must be located within the extended side lot lines and must maintain a setback of at least 100 feet from extended side lot lines. The structure may extend over the extended lot lines if the owner owns the land underneath in fee.

12. The minimum distance between groups of dock slips shall be 60 feet.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

13. The facilities must meet Virginia Department of Health, Marina Regulations and provide any required sanitation facilities for pump-outs, dump stations and bathroom facilities for any users of slips to serve dwellings located a distance greater than 1000' from the dock slip. Any sanitation facilities much be located outside the project boundary.

14. Enclosures on the dock shall not be allowed. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

15. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 26 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville Lake. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story.

16. Slips shall be constructed in conjunction with the construction of respective housing units.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Community dock option

17. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

18. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to 50% of the total physical structure or structure value, whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it must meet the new requirements.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp option

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the base elevations. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. Docks must meet all local, state and federal requirements.

4. Docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp option

5. No pier/dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

6. The dock owners will sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

7. The maximum size of courtesy dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 480 square feet.

8. No enclosures shall be allowed on the dock. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

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High-Density Multi-use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp option

9. The courtesy dock must be floating or an uncovered pier.

10. A ramp lane is to measure twelve feet wide and have the required length to be functional.

11. Boat ramp construction shall meet all local, state, and federal requirements.

12. Ramps shall be constructed of reinforced concrete with a minimum thickness of four inches.

13. Ramps and courtesy dock shall not be located closer than 100 feet to any side lot line.

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Public Use Regulations

Multi-slip docks

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the 795-foot contour line National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) for Smith Mountain Lake and the 600-foot contour NGVD for Leesville Lake. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. All Docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

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Public Use Regulations

Multi-slip docks

4. Any dredging that occurs must meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

5. The docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 100 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevations.

6. No pier/dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

7. The dock owner will sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

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Public Use Regulations

Multi-slip docks

8. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevations, including slip area, shall be 2,500 square feet.

9. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet. Fishing piers may be allowed.

10. All structures located within the project boundary must be located within the extended side lot lines and must maintain a setback of at least 30 feet from extended side lot lines.

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Public Use Regulations

Multi-slip docks

11. No enclosures shall be allowed within the project boundary for a public use facility. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

12. Only floating docks or uncovered piers shall be considered for public use areas.

13. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

14. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to 50% of the total physical structure or structure value, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced (whichever is greater), it shall meet the new requirements.

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Public Use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp

1. Courtesy docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

2. Courtesy docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from 795-foot contour NGVD. Verifying the location of 795-foot contour NGVD is the responsibility of the landowner.

3. The dock owners shall sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

4. The maximum size of dock structures located within 795-foot contour NGVD, including slip area, is 480 square feet.

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Public Use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp

5. No enclosures shallbe allowed on the courtesy dock. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

6. The courtesy dock shall be floating or an uncovered pier.

7. A ramp lane shall measure twelve feet wide and have the required length to be functional.

8. Boat ramp construction shall meet all local, state, and federal requirements.

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Public Use Regulations

Courtesy dock and ramp

9. Ramps shall be constructed of reinforced concrete with a minimum thickness of four inches.

10. Ramps and courtesy docks shall not be located closer than 100 feet to any side lot line.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the 795-foot contour line National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) for Smith Mountain Lake and the 600-foot contour NGVD for Leesville Lake. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. All docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

4. Docks may not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevations.

5. Any dredging that occurs shall meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

6. No pier/dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

7. The dock owners shall sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

8. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 1,500 square feet.

9. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

10. The minimum water frontage required shall be 100 feet. Two adjoining shoreline lots having a total of 150 feet minimum shoreline may share a pier/dock. Shared piers/docks shall be located as close as possible to the shared side lot line. If a lot is subdivided prior to (date of implementation), then it does not have to meet the frontage requirement but the structure does have to meet setback requirements.

11. In some cases, a landowner may own substantially more than 100 linear feet of shoreline. In the event that a landowner would prefer additional structures, a minimum of 500 feet shall be maintained between each structure. However, only three slips total shall be considered for approval and all other setback requirements apply.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

12. A maximum of 3 watercraft slips per dock shall be considered for approval.

13. All structures located within the project boundary shall be located within the extended side lot lines and shall maintain a setback of at least 15 feet from extended side lot lines or in accordance with an approved subdivision plat. (Figure 3)

14. The maximum size of an enclosure on the dock shall be 64 square feet. These enclosures shall not be used for human habitation and shall not be equipped with fixtures such as sinks, showers, toilets, etc. The enclosure shall be located on the lower level of the dock. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

15. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to the highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 19 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville Lake. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Single Family Residential

16. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to 50% of the total physical structure or structure value, whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it shall meet the new requirements.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Multi-use

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the base elevations. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. Docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

4. Docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation .

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Multi-use

5. Any dredging that occurs shall meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

6. No pier/dock shall be constructed within the line of sight of two navigational aids.

7. The dock owner shall sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

8. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 5,000 square feet.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Multi-use

9. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

10. A maximum of 1 watercraft slip per housing unit shall be considered for approval.

11. All structures located within the project boundary shall be located within the extended side lot lines and shall maintain a setback of at least 30 feet from extended side lot lines.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Multi-use

12. Enclosures on the dock are not allowed. A screened area is considered an enclosure.

13. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 26 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville Lake. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620-foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Multi-use

14. Slips shall be constructed in conjunction with residential units.

15. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

16. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to 50% of the total physical structure or structure value, whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it shall meet the new requirements.

17. A low density multi-use dock shall be limited to no more than 3 slips per 100' of shoreline and shall not exceed a total of ten slips. These slips shall be grouped together on one dock structure.

Low Density Commercial

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. Docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

4. Any dredging that occurs shall meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

5. Docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation.

6. The dock owners shall sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

7. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 5,000 square feet.

8. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

9. All structures located within the project boundary shall be located within the extended side lot lines and shall maintain a setback of at least 30 feet from extended or actual side lot lines.

10. No enclosures shall be located within the project boundary.

11. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 26 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800 foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620 foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story.

12. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

13. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to a total of 50% of the total physical structure or assessed structure value, whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it shall meet the new requirements.

14. A low density commercial dock shall be limited to no more than 3 slips per 100' of shoreline and shall not exceed a total of ten slips. These slips shall be grouped together on one dock structure.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Commercial

1. All shoreline distances are measured at the base elevation. Verifying the location of the base elevation and all appropriate distances is the responsibility of the applicant.

2. The project boundary for Smith Mountain Lake is the 800-foot contour NGVD and for Leesville Lake is the 620-foot contour NGVD. These respective contours are hereafter referred to as the project boundary.

3. Docks shall meet all local, state and federal requirements.

4. Any dredging that occurs shall meet all state, federal, county, and AEP dredging requirements. Any dredging that occurs without proper approvals could be subject to a fine.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Commercial

5. Docks shall not exceed a maximum of 1/3 cove width or 80 feet in length, whichever is less, as measured from the base elevation.

6. The dock owners shall sign an acknowledgement when obtaining their dock permit that water depths may not be adequate for accessing the lake during times of low inflow or drought or for any other reason the reservoir is drawn down.

7. The maximum size of dock structures located within the base elevation, including slip area, shall be 5,000 square feet.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Commercial

8. Structures located between the project boundary and the base elevation shall be limited to a structure that provides access to the dock. This includes a stairway, ramp or landing that connects the dock to the land. The maximum width of this structure shall be six feet.

9. All structures located within the project boundary shall be located within the extended side lot lines and shall maintain a setback of at least 30 feet from extended or actual side lot lines.

10. No enclosures shall be located within the project boundary.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Commercial

11. The maximum height, as measured from the base elevation to highest point on the structure, shall be 16 feet for a structure with a flat roof and 26 feet for a structure with a pitched roof. Roofs shall only be allowed on floating docks at Leesville. The water elevation at Smith Mountain Lake can rise up to and occasionally over 800 foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. At Leesville Lake, the water elevation can rise up to and occasionally over 620 foot contour NGVD as measured at the dam. This is to be taken into consideration when designing the overall height of the boat dock. The boat dock may have a roof but no additional roofs or roofed areas shall be allowed to create a second story.

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Low-density Use Regulations

Low Density Commercial

12. White reflective tape or white reflectors are required on each furthermost waterward corner of the dock and every 20 feet on both sides of the dock.

13. Existing non-conforming structures may be maintained and repaired up to a total of 50% of the total physical structure or assessed structure value, whichever is greater, but the non-conformity may not be increased. If more than 50% of the total physical structure or structure value is replaced, it shall meet the new requirements.

14. A low density commercial dock shall be limited to no more than 3 slips per 100' of shoreline and shall not exceed a total of ten slips. These slips shall be grouped together on one dock structure.

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Shoreline Stabilization Requirements

  • Shoreline stabilization only in areas with erosion

  • No shoreline stabilization in Conservation areas

  • Bulkheads are prohibited

  • Sand beaches are prohibited, except for public uses

  • Rip-rap requirements will be developed including

    • size

    • filter cloth requirements

    • slope

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Shoreline Vegetation Guidelines

  • Shoreline vegetation is important to the aesthetic qualities, environmental health, and water quality of Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake (the Lakes). Vegetation enhances the natural beauty of the lake and helps prevent water pollution and provide habitat for birds, mammals, and fish. In addition to electric power generation, the Lakes are used for recreation and water consumption by many residents in the adjacent counties. These guidelines are intended to provide adjacent landowners the opportunity to use property within the project boundary appropriately, while protecting the aesthetic and environmental characteristics and water quality of the Lakes.

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Shoreline Vegetation Guidelines

Vegetative Buffer

The following guidelines regarding vegetation and land disturbance apply to property within the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project boundary (below 800' at Smith Mountain Lake and below 620' at Leesville Lake):

  • Ground-disturbing activities of the land within the project boundary are prohibited except for the placement of a walkway not exceeding 6 feet in width. The removal of leaf litter, disturbance of root mats, and the use of any equipment other than hand tools in this area is prohibited.

  • Any cutting or removal of shoreline vegetation within the project boundary requires a permit.

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Shoreline Vegetation Guidelines

Vegetative Buffer

  • The removal of existing submerged woody debris from the lake that has a diameter of 10 inches or greater at the base of the trunk is prohibited, unless such debris constitutes a navigational or public safety hazard. AEP shall approve removal of such woody debris from the lake. Woody debris that falls into the lake as a result of storms or natural occurrence should be left in place unless such debris constitutes a navigational or public safety hazard. Woody debris that has broken loose from submerged trunks and is floating in such a manner that it constitutes a navigational or safety hazard may be removed from the lake. In the placement and construction of new docks, the removal of woody debris shall be minimized. Applicants for shoreline development may be required to mitigate at a 2:1 ratio for the removal of woody debris from the lake. Such mitigation may include, but not be limited to, the design and construction of a fish-friendly pier.

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Shoreline Vegetation Guidelines

Vegetative Buffer

  • Individuals may be required to plant or pay for the planting of vegetative materials within the project boundary in the event that vegetation is removed without a permit.

  • Landscaping with native plants on areas adjacent to the project boundary is encouraged.

  • The use of non-native, invasive species for planting is prohibited.

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Schedule

  • February 20 - Public meeting

  • March 20 - Draft Shoreline Management Plan

  • July 2003 - Final Shoreline Management Plan

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