Another month and no change to the semi-waterfront dock situation. It’s hard to believe that this issue isn’t resolved yet. We also haven’t seen any indication that more reasonable rules will be adopted for all dock authorizations.
I do want to recognize Forests and Lands for a very reasonable approach to a recent dock authorization given the constraints they operate under. I had the opportunity to review the file from some long term property owners in Sorrento who applied to authorize an existing dock that was under 24 m2. Some compliance problems were noted; specifically the incorrect spacing of floatation, lack of 1.5 m of depth at the shore side of the dock, and the prior use of paint some years ago. The approach taken was to authorize the dock with the condition that when replaced, the noncompliance items would be corrected. I applaud this application of common sense. It still took a year and while I still have problems with how reasonable the rules are, things seem to be trending in the right direction.