Don't be discouraged. Most homes already have amazing yards with everything you'd need.
Imagine you buy a peaceful wooded lakefront home and all your neighbors decide to bulldoze the trees along the water and pour concrete to park their RVs and cars.
Rules, though restrictive, are meant to protect and preserve the value of your waterfront Lake Norman home.
You should hire a professional during inspections, to help navigate what’s possible for your dream waterfront Lake Norman home from a code enforcement perspective.
They created the foundation for all the water areas of North Carolina.
May restrict or modify the state laws depending on Lake Normans needs.
Can provide variances or restrictions based on each waterfront lots unique characteristics
Let’s just call it a Buffer…
The main overarching laws are found in the Catawba River Basin Riparian Buffer Protection Program (say that 3 times fast) created by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
A strip of vegetated land bordering the lake (your yard). The vegetation and root systems stabilize the bank, remove pollutants, and prevent soil from eroding into the water.
A waterfront Lake Norman property has a 50-foot total setback buffer inward from the shoreline. It is broken up into 2 Zones, which allow for different uses.
The first 30 feet from the shoreline inward is an undisturbed forested buffer.
The next 20 feet from Zone 1 inward is managed vegetation.
Other landscaping activities in the 50-foot buffer zone:
(note: If the violation was present within the buffer as of June 30, 2001, it is grandfathered in.)
I won’t go over all the details, but they're similar to those we discussed. Here are some examples:
Notice this waterfront home has some flooding when the lake is at "Full Pond". This means Duke Energy's vegetation rules apply to the yard area that is underwater.
What's the worst that can happen by not following the rules? You can lose your waterfront Lake Norman homes dock...
Shoreline stabilization is encouraged to control soil erosion in "high-energy" areas. You are encouraged to use bioengineering techniques and landscape plantings before using rip-rap. Seawalls should be the last option for shoreline stabilization.
The types of plantings used in bioengineering and landscape-planting projects should be native to North Carolina.
A layer of rip-rap extending six feet lakeward from full pond must be placed along the entire area.
This is used for waterfront Lake Norman homes that have no other option.