To achieve the policies declared in part 6105.0351, the commissioner hereby sets forth minimum standards and criteria for the wise management and development of the Lower Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in parts 6105.0351 to 6105.0550 which include:
designation of the Saint Croix Riverway and establishing rural and urban districts;
rules designating types of land uses compatible with the Saint Croix Riverway;
rules providing minimum dimensions for the size and width of lots suitable for building sites;
rules governing the placement of structures in relation to shorelines, slopes, and blufflines;
rules governing the height and color of structures;
rules governing the alteration of natural shorelands and blufflands;
rules governing the type and placement of sanitary and waste disposal facilities;
rules governing the subdivision of shorelands and blufflands;
rules governing marinas and other intrusions in public waters; and
provisions for the administration and enforcement of Saint Croix Riverway ordinances.
These standards and criteria provide minimum requirements for the Lower Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Minnesota. Local units of government shall have 90 days from the date of promulgation of the standards and criteria for the Lower Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway by the commissioner to adopt Saint Croix Riverway ordinances which reflect local needs and existing conditions, and which are in compliance with these standards and criteria. On the date of adoption of a Saint Croix Riverway ordinance by the local unit of government after approval by the commissioner, the critical area designation and the interim development regulations are no longer in effect for lands and waters under their jurisdiction. If any local unit of government fails to adopt an adequate Saint Croix Riverway ordinance within the 90-day period, the commissioner may adopt such an ordinance for the local unit of government in the manner and with the effect specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.215. Nothing shall prevent the local units of government from adopting Saint Croix Riverway ordinances or applying other existing rules or ordinances which are more protective than these minimum standards and criteria.
June 11, 2008