DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING > CONSERVATION
Standard Design Stipulations for Small-scale
Note: These Standard Design Stipulations are for
bottom-anchored float systems only. Any systems proposing the use of pilings,
or similar support systems, may require the filing of a Notice of Intent
application with the Conservation Commission, as well as additional applications
with the Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers.
- The proposed dock structures shall be subject to the review and approval
of the DEP Waterways Regulatory Program and/or the local Harbormaster.
Prior to the commencement of work, the applicant shall submit a copy
of the Waterways License or Harbormaster annual permit to the Commission.
If the annual permit procedure is followed, the applicant shall submit
a copy of the permit to the Commission each year.
- The final method and location for securing the system to the lot,
such as a concrete pad, shall be determined in the field prior to installation
with final approval to be granted by a Conservation Department Official.
- No vegetation pruning shall take place on the site for the installation
of the dock system without the prior review and approval of a Conservation
Department Official. At no time shall any trees be cut down for the
installation of the system.
- A ramp, or similar system, shall be used to access the floats from
the land to avoid impacts to the bank and the littoral shelf.
- All floats, ramps, and other seasonal structures shall be removed
from the river from October 15th to April 1st and stored in an upland
- No creosote or other chemical coating of the structures shall be allowed.
- Deck spacing on the docks shall be a minimum of ¾" between
boards to allow for light penetration to the land under the dock structures.
- Boats shall not be fueled on site. The dock system shall not be used
as a commercial boating facility.
- The total area of bottom-anchored floats shall not exceed 400sf.
- The dock sections shall be constructed with float stops or "feet"
on their bottom-side corners to prevent them from lying on the land
under the dock during periods of low flow.
- Installation of the floats shall be from the water, not from the land.
- Following the installation of the system, the applicant shall contact
the Haverhill Conservation Department to schedule a site inspection
for compliance with these stipulations.
- It is suggested that the applicant maintain a minimum offset of 25'
from his lines of riparian rights with the proposed dock system. Should
less than a 25' offset be desired or necessary, then it is suggested
that the applicant consult with the abutting landowner to determine
the potential for future dock/boating conflicts.
- Should the Conservation Commission develop a policy requiring the
recording of a deed covenant outlining these stipulations and/or any
other stipulations also relevant to the project, then the applicant
shall appropriately record said document within the property's chain