Construction and/or modification (other than routine repairs) of any structure on Emerald Lake must be pre-approved by the Design Review Board (DRB) and conform to current Architectural Construction Standards as determined by the DRB. For more information on the DRB application process, please go to Building Guidelines and Forms.
DOCK, PIERS, ETC.
»Docks, piers, and similar structures cannot extend more than 20 feet into the water from the mean high water line and should be located in a recessed area along the shoreline wherever possible.
»The DRB will not authorize the construction of any structure that will impede navigation.
»Construction of enclosed structures over the water is prohibited, except as allowed per Article X, Section 24 of the restrictive covenants subject to DRB approval.
»Construction of boat ramps on individual lots is prohibited.
SEAWALLS, SHORELINE PROTECTION
Seawalls do more to destroy shorelines than save them by dramatically increasing the rate of erosion on either side and along the front of the structure. They also destroy the littoral zone, which typically supports the most diverse population of invertebrates and is essential for a healthy lake ecosystem. The DRB will discourage further construction of seawalls along Emerald Lake.
The DRB encourages the use of natural wetland vegatation to control erosion problems. In areas where erosion is a serious issue due to proximity to creek, stormwater outfall, seawall, or other unmitigable circumstances, additional shoreline protection measures (such as installation of rocks along the affected areas) may be considered on a case-per-case basis. DRB pre-approval of the materials used and their placement is required.
Withdrawing water from the lake to irrigate lawns has a detrimental effect on the lake's water level, especially during periods of drought. Furthermore, submersible pumps can pose navigational and electric shock hazards to recreational users. NO ONE should have a sprinkler system feeding from the lake without written approval from the DRB. No one should have a submerged pump or an above ground pump without an approved visual screen. New regulations, modifications, fees, a moratorium, etc. are currently under review by Plainsment Development, Inc. and DRB.