A public hearing has been scheduled for March 12th, 6:00 PM in the Helena Township Community Center at 8754 Helena Road to collect input on the application for a new 4 slip boathouse at 6833 Crystal Springs Road on Clam Lake.
Here are some of the arguments that have been expressed for opposing this application:
- Disruption of shoreline and aquatic habitat by excavation of 170+ cubic yards of material and construction of seawall. Destroys fish spawning areas.
- Phosphorus loading of Clam Lake from excavation sediment. Promotes weed and algae growth.
- Violation of Helena Township Zoning ordinance section 5.02.02C, Prohibits destruction of natural vegetation within 25’ of ordinary high water mark.
- Violation of Helena Township Zoning ordinance section 5.01.01.B2b, Prohibits accessory structures in front yard. In this case front yard is between the house and water.
- Violation of Helena Township Zoning ordinance section 5.02.02A, Prohibits construction of sea walls.
- Violation of Helena Township Zoning ordinance section 4.02.01 Prohibits building structures within 50’ of ordinary high water mark.
- Violation of Helena Township Zoning ordinance section 5.02.02B, Building fails to maintain free movement of water.
- DEQ has a history of denying application request for new permanent dock and enlargements to existing docks.
- DEQ has a history of denying application request to dredge Lake Bottom to facilitate larger boats to access existing docks and boathouses.
- DEQ has a history of denying application request to construct new boathouses on Clam Lake.
- Bad precedent to set, could ignite a construction boom. Currently only 5% of residential properties have Boathouses on Clam Lake.
- 53’ dock could pose a safety hazard for boaters.
- Unprecedented structure at 2400 square feet is more than 3 times the size of the largest grandfathered boathouse on Clam Lake.
- 4 boat slip capacity could be a hidden commercial enterprise.
- Severe loss of lake and shoreline view for adjacent neighbors.
- Proliferation and destruction of natural shoreline beauty.
Three Lakes Association has taken a position opposing this application. If you wish to review the permit application and/or our letter of opposition, please see the information we have posted on our website.