The City Council on Tuesday approved a revision of its Shoreline Master Program, which regulates development near fresh- and saltwater shorelines.
Most of the city’s 4.5 miles of shoreline are already built upon, and parcels are hemmed in by the highway that runs through town. The planning commission determined that some degree of flexibility is called for on constrained parcels, said Development Director James Weaver.
The state proposed allowing a buffer reduction of up to 25 percent. The city is proposing a reduction of up to 50 percent.
Also under the city’s revised plan, developers can apply to do work in and around smaller wetland areas with mitigation to offset the impact. The DOE would review variances — or applications for exemption — required for such work.
The city’s shorelines plan now goes to the DOE for final review.
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