January 14, 2008

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested comments on possible amendments to the rules governing the management of Minnesota’s shoreland areas. Minnesota Rules, parts 6120.2500 to 6120.3900. See 32 SR 1319. http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/32_30.pdf.  As noted in the January 22, 2008, State Register, the DNR is considering rule amendments to address merging shoreland issues and changes in development patterns that have occurred since the last rule amendment in 1989.  The DNR will consider elements of the shoreland rules such as urban expansion, development along rivers and streams, and land use activities that may contribute to water quality impairment.

The possible amendment will likely affect owners, developers and others involved in the development of shorelands.  As indicated in the notice, while the primary focus is on new development, land practices affecting the quality of Minnesota’s waters will also be addressed that could affect shoreland property owners and users.

Interested persons or groups may submit comments or information on the possible rules in writing or orally. Comments must be submitted within one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the date of the notice (May 20, 2008). The notice provides that there will be another opportunity to provide formal comments as part of the rulemaking process after a draft rule revision has been developed.

Hessian & McKasy’s Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group has extensive experience securing land use development and environmental permits and helping clients through the maze of regulatory requirements in a cost effective manner.

Please feel free to contact any of the following individuals for more information regarding the issues discussed here:

Joseph G. Maternowski 612-746-5754 jmaternowski@hessianmckasy.com

The views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer, Hessian & McKasy P.A.

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