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§ 8-1808.5. Community piers, noncommercial boat docking or storage facilities

West's Annotated Code of MarylandNatural Resources

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Natural Resources
Title 8. Waters (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 18. Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Protection Program (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-1808.5
§ 8-1808.5. Community piers, noncommercial boat docking or storage facilities
Community piers defined
(a)(1) In this section, “community pier” means a boat docking facility associated with a subdivision or similar residential area, or with condominiums, apartments, or other multiple-family dwelling units.
(2) “Community pier” does not include a private pier or a mooring.
Application of section
(b) This section applies notwithstanding:
(1) Any other provision of this subtitle; and
(2) Any criteria or regulation adopted by the Commission under this subtitle.
Community piers, noncommercial boat docking or storage facilities allowed
(c) Subject to the requirements under subsection (d) of this section, a new or expanded community pier or other noncommercial boat docking or storage facility may be permitted in the buffer if:
(1) The facility:
(i) Is water dependent;
(ii) Meets a recognized private right or public need;
(iii) Is community-owned and established and operated for the benefit of the residents of a platted and recorded riparian subdivision; and
(iv) Is associated with a residential development approved by the local jurisdiction for the Critical Area and is consistent with all criteria and local regulations for the Critical Area;
(2) Adverse effects on water quality and fish, plant, and wildlife habitat are minimized;
(3) Insofar as possible, nonwater dependent structures or operations associated with water dependent projects or activities are located outside the buffer;
(4) Disturbance to the buffer is the minimum necessary to provide a single point of access to the facility;
(5) Food, fuel, or other goods and services are not offered for sale, and adequate and clean sanitary facilities are provided; and
(6) When a community pier with slips is provided as part of a new development project, private piers are not permitted in the development area.
Number of permitted slips at a facility
(d) The number of slips permitted at a facility shall be the lesser of the following:
(1) One slip for each 50 feet of shoreline in a subdivision located in an intense or limited development area, and one slip for each 300 feet of shoreline in a subdivision located in a resource conservation area; or
(2) A density of slips to platted lots or dwellings within a subdivision in the critical area in accordance with the following schedule:
Platted Lots or
Dwellings in the
Critical Area
Up to 15
1 for each lot
15 or 75%, whichever is greater
30 or 50%, whichever is greater
50 or 25%, whichever is greater
More than 300
75 or 15%, whichever is greater
(e) A local jurisdiction may grant a variance from the provisions of this section in accordance with regulations adopted by the Commission concerning variances as part of local program development set forth in COMAR 27.01.11 and notification of project applications set forth in COMAR 27.03.01.
Deadline to amendment protection programs
(f) On or before December 31, 1994, a local jurisdiction shall amend its local critical area protection program to meet the provisions of this section.


Added by Acts 1994, c. 714, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1994. Amended by Acts 1995, c. 4, § 1, eff. March 7, 1995; Acts 2004, c. 526, § 1, eff. June 1, 2004.
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-1808.5, MD NAT RES § 8-1808.5
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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