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HF 2994

2nd Engrossment - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - 2nd Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; allowing for the replacement and repair of
boat storage structures on public waters; amending Minnesota Statutes 2005
Supplement, section 103G.245, subdivision 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2005 Supplement, section 103G.245, subdivision 4,
is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Structures in or adjacent to public waters.

(a) The following definitions
apply to this subdivision:

(1) "boathouse" means a structure or watercraft that is moored by spuds, cables,
ropes, anchors, or chains that may be intended for habitation and has walls, a roof, and
either an open well for boats or a floor from wall to wall and does not include watercraft
that are designed and operated as motorboats; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(2) "motorboat" means a watercraft that is designed for and is capable of navigation
on the water and that has an adequately sized external or internal mechanical propulsion
system for the type of watercraftnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) "boat storage structure" means a structure that is used for storing boats or float
planes
new text end.

deleted text begin (b) The commissioner, subject to the approval of the county board, may grant and
prescribe terms and conditions for granting public waters work permits to establish,
construct, maintain, and control wharves, docks, piers, levees, breakwaters, basins, canals,
and hangars in or adjacent to public waters of the state, except within the corporate
limits of a municipality.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (b)new text end Boathouses new text beginand boat storage structures new text endare prohibited on public waters of
Minnesota, except as allowed by deleted text beginparagraph (d)deleted text endnew text begin paragraphs (c) to (f)new text end.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end The commissioner may issue a public waters work permit for boathouses,
when approved by the local governmental unit and:

(1) only in areas of historic use for the structures, as determined by the commissioner,
and where the boathouse was in existence on public waters prior to January 1, 1997; or

(2) where the boathouse serves as a public service structure within a permitted
commercial marina.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end A boathouse in existence on public waters prior to January 1, 1997, may be
repaired or replaced, provided that the repairs or replacement are consistent with the
permit issued by the commissioner under paragraph deleted text begin(d)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end.

new text begin (e) The commissioner may issue a public waters work permit for the repair or
replacement of boat storage structures when:
new text end

new text begin (1) approved by the local governmental unit;
new text end

new text begin (2) the boat storage structure was in existence prior to 1979 and is currently used
for boat storage;
new text end

new text begin (3) the boat storage structure is not habitable and is not connected to a sewage
system;
new text end

new text begin (4) the local government unit has had the opportunity to review the boat storage
structure application and has not provided written comments opposing the application;
new text end

new text begin (5) the total area of boat storage structures on the applicant's property and on public
waters adjacent to the applicant's property is not increased;
new text end

new text begin (6) the height of boat storage structures is not increased more than one foot, unless
boat storage structures are consolidated and the same pitch roof results in an increased
height; and
new text end

new text begin (7) the public waters work permit with the specific dimensions and location of the
boat storage structure is recorded in the real estate records of the office of the county
recorder or registrar of title in the county in which the applicant's property is located.
new text end

new text begin (f) A boat storage structure may be repaired, replaced, or consolidated, provided
that the repairs, replacement, or consolidation are consistent with the permit issued by the
commissioner under paragraph (e). The repair or replacement of a boat storage structure
may include:
new text end

new text begin (1) the replacement of the foundation of the boat storage structure, provided that the
material below the ordinary high water mark is not toxic to aquatic life; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the consolidation of multiple boat storage structures.
new text end

new text begin (g) Notwithstanding sections 103F.201 to 103F.221, and rules adopted under those
sections, the local zoning authority may approve a boat storage structure that is at or above
the ordinary high water level to replace a boat storage structure that is at or below the
ordinary high water level of a public water if the boat storage structure was in existence
prior to 1979. The replacement boat storage structure may not exceed the total area of the
boat storage structure being replaced. A boat storage structure that is replaced under this
paragraph must be removed prior to building the replacement structure.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end