Submerged Lands Leasing Program Dan Prichard Bureau of Parks and Lands Department of Conservation
Public submerged lands • Tidal waters to 3-mile limit • boundary rivers • great ponds
mean low water line natural low water line
Leases and Easements • Leasing limited to structural development and associated berthing areas, dredging, and fill projects (piers, marinas, pipelines, cables). • Permanent structures of any size, and seasonal structures >500 sq.ft. or 2000 sq.ft. for commercial fishing uses. • 30-year term • Exempt Uses: • Smaller seasonal structures • Moorings • Harbor Improvements by the Federal Gov’t. • Aquaculture projects approved by DMR
Review Process • Notice to Town Office, Harbormaster, DMR, DEP or LURC, & Abutters • Initial review period in cooperation with DEP, DMR, ACE, and Municipality • Seek additional information and public meeting as needed • Issue Preliminary Findings • Reconsideration period • Final Findings and Decision
Littoral Boundaries and Setbacks • Littoral boundary is a 90 degree projection from shoreline at property boundary. • Structures must be 25 feet from littoral boundaryand 50 feet from adjacent structuresunless used in conjunction with those structures. • Exceptions allowed where no reasonable alternative exists, and there is no unreasonable impact on public trust uses.
Approval Criteria • The Bureau may grant a lease if the proposal will not unreasonably impact: • navigation • fishing and other marine uses in the area • the availability of services and facilities necessary for commercial marine activities • ingress and egress of riparian owners The project must also meet all federal, state, and local permitting requirements and not otherwise contrary to the public interest. A lease is not a permit. It is contract to use public lands.
Contact • Dan PrichardBureau of Parks and LandsSubmerged Lands Program22 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333 • Email: email@example.com • Web site:www.maine.gov/doc/parks