On the Issues:
There are a number of concerns with the Corps’ proposed Shoreline Management Plan. Following are some of the most concerning to REALTORS:
-We object to the carrying capacity as it limits the right to use the lake.
With the new plan, the Corps is giving themselves the power to further limit the number of boats and slips that are on the lake. The language in the plan is vague and gives the Corps’ the ability to shut down public access to the lake arbitrarily.
-We object to tighter restrictions placed upon vegetative management permits.
The Corps has proposed taking the already strict limitations to mowing and trimming on public lands to an even greater extent – preventing mowing beyond any road, ditch, power line, or creek, and further restricting the size of brush that can be trimmed.
-We object to the new non-transferable grandfathered vegetative management permit rule.
The Corps will not allow a grandfathered vegetative management permit to be transferred to a new property owner when the property is sold or transferred. This would include property inherited or passed on from generation to generation.
-We object to financial hardships of removing electricity from the lake.
New regulations would require all docks to convert to solar power within 10 years at an estimated cost burden to the public of over $10,000,000. All docks are already required to be inspected by a licensed electrician at each renewal.
-We object to only one request every five years for dock modification.
Dock owners would only be allowed to make changes of any kind, including repairs or upgrades once every five years.
-We object to the 8′ depth requirement for any new docks.
Creating a minimum 8′ depth requirement for any new dock is excessive. This could prevent new docks in locations that currently have zoning but the slope is too gentle. There are many existing docks which function well in less than 8′ of water.
Q: Aren’t new regulations needed to keep the lake from becoming overdeveloped?
A: No. The current regulations are extremely restrictive already, and the new proposals would only take things too far. Many have said they don’t want Table Rock to become as developed as Lake of the Ozarks. We agree completely, however, Table Rock has such strict limitations that even fully developed, it wouldn’t come close to the density of Lake of the Ozarks. For instance, under Table Rock’s current regulations, less than 5% of the shoreline is currently available for the possibility of a community boat dock. Under current regulations, no mature tree on the Corps’ shoreline could be cut down. The bottom line is that the current plan has been a reasonable balance for decades. If it’s not broke, why try to fix it?
Q: Are REALTORS just concerned about profits for themselves and developers?
A: No. REALTORS are the voice of real estate in our community. While most property owners aren’t privy to the inner workings of the Corps of Engineers, REALTORS are there to be a watchdog for the rights of property owners and the effect that adverse public policy could have on their property values. There are thousands of individuals from every demographic and economic status who would be adversely affected. We are concerned about the clients we serve every day: a family with a lake view home, a couple who own a lot where they will someday build their dream home, a family who invested their life savings in lakefront land, and seniors who are living their retirement dream at Table Rock Lake.
Q: Are REALTORS at odds with everything the Corps of Engineers tries to do?
A: Absolutely not. We are so thankful for the great steward that the Corps of Engineers has been. For decades, the balanced management of the lake has protected natural resources and conservation efforts while allowing a fair amount of public use and enjoyment of the lake. This balanced approach has led to an appropriate amount of development that has help to build a robust local economy. Our argument is that the current plan and the Corps’ efforts have been successful. No changes are needed.
Q: What can I do to get involved?
A: Visit the home page of www.SaveTableRock.com for your chance to let your voice be heard!