Lake Sinclair Properties Lake Sinclair Waterfront Specialist

Ga. Power Guidelines for Property & Shoreline Improvements


Lake Sinclair (Reprinted from GP information handouts)
Each permit request is handled on a case by case basis at the discretion of GP Land Management Office.
A valid Georgia Power lease agreement or license is required in order to receive permits for construction on GP lakes and property. A current survey and/or deed are required before GP will issue any new agreement (license, access lease, etc.).
A GP permit must be applied for, issued and posted properly before beginning any construction, renovation, clearing, tree removal, grading, etc., on GP land.
Information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
Docks
1) Regarding newly established lots or developments: A minimum lot width of 100' is required for all shorline structures. Seawalls are the exception.
2) There is a minimum 15' setback from side lot line or any such extended imaginary lot line as determined by extending line lakeward.
3) Only one dock is allowed per lot.
4) Docks may be floating or stationary or a combination of both. Only approved encapsulated or Dow Polystyrene flotation will be permitted for use with floating docks. Metal drums, plastic barrels, modified pontoon boats and other such items or materials are prohibited.
5) Docks cannot extend beyond other shoreline improvements, and should not exceed 50' in length from the shoreline.
6) Maximum dimensions on any portion of a dock are 16' x 20' with no single dimension exceeding 20'.
7) The minimum width of walkway is 4'. Maximum width, 6'.
8) Plumbing, other than water spigots and pumps, is prohibited.
9) Replacement of unapproved flotation may be required at the time of any dock renovation or replacement. Replacement of unapproved flotation will be required at time of lease/license renewal or transfer.
Wharves
Wharves are considered an alternative when other standard or typical shoreline structures are either not functional, prohibited, or when special needs are present. Wharves will not be permitted otherwise. If permitted, a maximum of one wharf may be permitted per lot.
1) Regarding newly established lots or developments: A minimum lot width of 100' is required for all shorline structures. Seawalls are the exception.
2) Wharf must be adjacent to shoreline and must be constructed for the purpose of connecting two structures.
3) Maximum total width may not exceed 6' over water.
4) Total length may not exceed 30'.
5) Maintain at least 15' setback from property lines.
6) Plumbing, other than water spigots and pumps, is prohibited.
Ramps
1) Ramps will be permitted on a case by case basis.
2) Ramps are to be constructed of reinforced concrete with a minimum thickness of 4".
3) Ramps may generally be up to 12' wide and a necessary length to be functional.
4) Joint ownership ramps are prohibited. Ramps may not be split by property line.
5) Maintain a 15' setback from property lines.
6) Ramp may not be built so as to cross over the lot line as determined by extending imaginary lot line lakeward.
Seawalls
1) Seawall construction will require proper erosion and sedimentation controls. After completion of seawall and until the vegetative buffer is restored, a silt fence must be installed and maintained just behind the new seawall at ground level.
 2) Plans should show the following:
   A) the length of shoreline to be fronted by the seawall
   B) the type of foundation to be installed and depth below ground line.
   C) the type of materials to be used for construction of the seawall.
   D) the height of the seawall should be no higher than necessary to stabilize shoreline.
   E) a vegetation plan
3) The distance between the proposed seawall and the existing shoreline shall not exceed 2'. The location of the proposed seawall must be staked at 25' intervals in order for inspectors to assure the original contour is adhered to as close as possible. For very irregular shoreline, stakes shall be no more than 10' apart.
4) Creosote timbers are prohibited for new seawall construction.
5) New seawalls constructed with concrete block will require the blocks to be filled with concrete and stucco must be applied to the lakeside of the wall.
6) GP strongly recommends placing rip-rap along the base of all seawalls. This application helps reduce undermining and restores shoreline habitat. Recommended amount from normal (full pool) water level: slope ratio of 1' of width per every 1' of depth.
Boathouses
1) Regarding newly established lots or developments: A minimum lot width of 100' is required in order to have any shoreline structures. Seawalls are the exception.
2) There is a minimum of 15' setback from side lot line or any such extended imaginary lot line as determined by extending line lakeward.
3) Metal "carport" covers are prohibited for use as boathouse structures.
4) Boathouse structures may be wet or dry storage configurations.
5) Boathouse structures (wet or dry) must be open-sided
6) All shoreline improvements must be located as close as reasonably possible to the shoreline, and should not exceed 50' in length from shoreline.
7) Maximum exterior dimensions for a boathouse structure are as follows (dimensions are from post to post):
   Single Stall--14' wide x 32' long (overhangs: maximum of 2' additional)
   Double Stall--28' wide x 32' long (overhangs: maximum of 2' additional)
8) Roofs must be shingle or baked enamel and must match residential dwelling. Minimum pitch 2/12, maximum 6/12
9) Boathouse structures are limited to two levels, one level for boat storage and second level for optional sun deck.
10) Boathouse structures may not be constructed or renovated so as to allow temporary or permanent residence. Plumbing, other than water spigots and pumps, and permanent appliances are prohibited.
Boatslips
1) Regarding newly established lots or developments: A minimum lot width of 100' is required in order to have any shoreline structures. Seawalls are the exception.
2) There is a minimum 15' setback from side lot line or any such extended imaginary lot line as determined by extending line lakeward.
3) A maximum of one double (2) stall structure is allowed (if no stall structure currently exists). Stall structures will be limited to any one of the following combinations:
   A) Single-stall wet storage and a single-stall dry storage, or
   B) Double-stall wet storage and no dry storage, or
   C) Double-stall dry storage and no wet storage
4) All shoreline improvements must be located as close as reasonably possible to the shoreline, and should not exceed 50' in length from shoreline.
5) Maximum exterior dimensions for slips are as follows (dimensions include walkways)
   Single--14' wide x 32' long
   Double--28' wide x 32' long
6) The minimum width of walkway is 4'. Maximum width 6'.
7) Plumbing, other than water spigots and pumps, is prohibited.
Dock, Boathouse or Boatslip combinations
The combination structure is offered to help the property owner reduce the cost and maintenance, and the impact on shoreline by eliminating the need for multiple structures. Therefore, this structure is available only if additional structures are not present, will be removed, or are not desired.
1) Regarding newly established lots or developments: A minimum lot width of 100' is required in order to have any shoreline structures. Seawalls are the exception.
2) There is a minimum of 15' setback from side lot line or any such extended imaginary lot line as determined by extending line lakeward.
3) A maximum of one double (2) stall combination is allowed (if no stall structure currently exists).
4) Enclosing any portion of the combination is prohibited.
5) All shoreline improvements must be located as close as reasonably possible to the shoreline, and should not exceed 50' in length from shoreline.
6) Maximum exterior dimensions for boatslip-dock or boathouse-dock combination are as follows (dimensions include walkways):
   Single Stall Combination--14' wide x 32' long
   Double Stall Combination--28' wide x 32' long
7) The slip portion of the combination may be covered. The roof must be baked enamel or shingle. The roof should match dwelling regarding look and color.
8) The minimum width of walkway is 4'. Maximum width, 6'.
9) Plumbing, other than water spigots and pumps, and permanent appliances are prohibited.
10) Combination structures may not be constructed or renovated so as to allow temporary or permanent residence.
Tree Removal
1) To protect the vegetative buffer surrounding the lake, no mechanical clearing will be permitted within 25' of the shoreline without prior written approval and on site visit by GP Land Management Rep. Otherwise, only limited hand clearing will be permitted.
2) Tree removal is prohibited without a valid reason.
3) Removal of trees may require a re-vegetation plan. GP promotes a 1 for 1 tree replacement policy (nursery grade). Native trees and hardwoods are recommended.
4) GP reserves the right to receive reimbursement for merchantable timber.
5) Tree removal on GP lease property is the responsibility of the lessee.
6) Tree removal requests must be accurate regarding the number of trees to be removed and detailed regarding process and disposal.
7) If tree removal involves significant earth disturbance, proper erosion and sedimentation controls must be followed, including installing a silt fence to protect shoreline and re-vegetative plan.
8) For land disturbances of 1.1 acres or greater: A copy of the County's clearing and excavation permit is required in order to receive a permit from GP.
9) All portions of the tree/s (limbs, stump/s, etc.) must be properly removed from the lot. Dumping, burying, or otherwise disposing of any portion of the tree on GP property, lease lots, or lake is prohibited.
Dredging
1) GP is authorized to permit dredging of up to 500 cubic yards per lot. Greater amounts will require approval from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FERC and additional agencies.
2) Dredging plans must be submitted and approved before work begins.
3) By obtaining a dredging permit from GP, the permittee agrees to:
   A) Abide by all governmental rules, laws, regulations, directives and statutes.
   B) Acquire all necessary governmental permits or licenses, which may include, but shall not be limited to, a soil Disturbing Activity Permit.
4) Applicants must provide the volume of material to be removed. A qualified engineer or surveyor should determine this information (especially for large projects over 100 cubic yards). An estimate sheet is to be attached to the permit request.
5) Removal of original lake/river bottom is prohibited. The sole purpose for dredging is to remove silt or sedimentation that has accumulated over time.
6) The material removed from the lake shall be disposed of in upland area as to avoid re-entry into the lake.
Outbuildings
1) Outbuildings include but are not limited to detached garages, storage buildings, and greenhouses.
2) A maximum of two outbuildings per lot. This includes a maximum of one detached garage in addition to one attached garage (an attached garage is described as one that is directly adjacent to and attached to the heated primary residential dwelling).
3) Maximum dimensions of a detached garage: 30' x 30'.
4) Detached garages may not include temporary or permanent living spaces. Plumbing is also prohibited.
5) Storage buildings other than detached garages shall be limited to 12' x 12'.
6) Out buildings should be located behind the dwelling and/or at least 75' from shoreline if inside the GP project or 50' setback from shoreline if outside.
7) Maintain the greater of County code or at least 15' setback from property lines.
8) All outbuildings should match the primary residential dwelling in color and design.
Gazebos, Picnic Shelters & Decks
1) Enclosing the above structures is prohibited.
2) The above structures must be at least 25' from shoreline.
3) Maximum size-- 20' x 20'.
4) Number of structures limited to discretion of GP Land Management
5) Plumbing, other than water spigots, and permanent appliances are prohibited.
6) The above structures may not be attached to shoreline structures.
7) Maintain the greater of County code or at least 15' setback from property lines.
Dwellings & Additions
1) Only one residential dwelling is permitted on GP lease lots.
2) Residential dwellings shall be limited to two stories above ground.
3) New residential dwellings must be at least 900 square feet or County minimums, whichever is greater. Singlewide mobile homes are prohibited.
4) New construction shall be constructed at least 75' from shoreline if located inside the GP Project and at least 50' if outside the GP Project. All other setbacks must meet County guidelines or 15' whichever is greater.
5) The following information should be provided to GP prior to issuing a construction permit:
   a) Architectural drawing/s, copies of plans from published plan books, or detailed sketches drawn by hand.
   b) Applicant's name, address, phone number/s, lot number and area number.
   c) Name and phone number of contractor or individual doing construction.
   d) Anticipated date of beginning and approximate date of completion.
   e) Floor plan depicting length, width, square footage, and height.
   f) A list of exterior construction materials to be used.
   g) A description of roof system (roof must be shingle or baked enamel).
   h) A description of exterior color scheme.
   i) Drawing or photograph showing how the structure will look from the lake.
   j) Drawing or photograph showing the side view of the structure.
   k) Site plan showing distances between proposed structure and:
      1) both side lot lines
      2) back lot line
      3) closest point from shoreline
   l) Site plan showing proposed location of the County approved septic tank, drain fields, and well plans.
   m) All pertinent state and local permits including, but not limited to:
      1) Septic tank permit (if applicable)
      2) Building permit
      3) Clearing permit (>1.1 acres if applicable)
   n) Site plan depicting approximate number and size of trees (4" diameter or greater) to be removed within the building perimeter, driveway, and septic tank and drain fields.
6) Structures must be completely underpinned with block or brick.
7) Fences are prohibited within 25' of shoreline and/or may not impede project access and may not block the view of adjacent neighbors.
8) Fence location and description must be submitted for approval prior to construction.
9) For land disturbances of 1.1 acres or greater: A copy of the County's clearing and excavation permit is required in order to receive a permit from GP.
 
 
 
 
 
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