As reported in our newsletter in 2018, the CSRD is in the process of revising Bylaw 900 and the public was asked for input through an online survey. Here is the link from our Fall Newsletter
The results are in and it was clear to us that many SWOA members participated in this process with many people taking the time to add comments on how they use their docks and what dock size is appropriate for our lake. The CSRD received over 300 responses, the majority from waterfront and semi-waterfront property owners. The individual survey feedback is available on the CSRD website at
We note that unfortunately the staff chose to organize this data with the waterfront feedback at the end of this 31 page document so you will need to start from the end to read the feedback from waterfront owners.
SWOA Board is disappointed to see that this feedback did not change staff recommendations of allowing only a 30 sq meter dock before asking for the Board to consider variance. If this becomes the new standard any dock larger than 32 feet (3m.x10m.) will require Board approval. Variance is a time consuming and costly process without guarantee of success.
The data is all there for you to look at and we see a different result than staff. CSRD received 311 responses. They organized the results on dock size in a way that indicated most respondents agreed with their 30 sq.m recommendation. When we look at the data summary https://pub-csrd.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=11993 we see that 122 respondents recommended docks up to 35 sq.m. should not need Board approval. An additional 85 thought larger than 35 sq.m. should be allowed without going through variance. Only 49 respondents thought Board approval was needed for smaller docks.
Now that the Board has given this, unchanged recommendation from staff, second reading they will proceed to a public hearing. This will be the last time to have our voices considered before this Bylaw revision is adopted so we will keep you informed. When we know the date and location we will send a notice to members. Our opinion is that Bylaw 900 was initiated to give local government a tool to manage the sudden increase in buoys and unlicensed docks on the lake. The staff have admitted the buoy portion of the Bylaw is unenforceable [see ‘Enforcement of Regulations’ in
https://pub-csrd.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=11980 ]. We encourage our members to speak up at this public hearing and let our elected officials hear for themselves what is appropriate, safe and enforceable.