Concord—April 4, 2016—The New Hampshire Lakes Association has alerted lake property owners that a bill, HB-1517, to decrease the property line setback of seasonal docks might advance in the state legislature without what the advocacy group views as sufficient study and public debate.
In an emailed alert, the Association said there will be a House Resources Committee hearing tomorrow, Tuesday April 5, on inserting the provisions of HB-1517 into an unrelated bill, SB-352. The sole purpose of SB-352 is to give a cove in Lake Winnipesaukee the name “Ritson Cove,” while the purpose of HB-1517 is to cut the setbacks between seasonal docks and abutting property lines in half —from 20 feet to 10 feet.
HB-1517 is sponsored by State Representative Mark McConkey and State Senator Jeb Bradley, both of whom represent the Ossipee Lake area.
In its alert, the Lakes Association said the subcommittee on HB-1517 was “considering a number of paths forward, including moving the permitting program from one agency to another” before “something changed” and a plan to add it to SB-352 was announced. It said it opposed making significant changes to dock permitting “without everyone better understanding the issues” and said it had asked that the committee “study the issues before acting.”
The organization said it would testify tomorrow against adding HB-1517’s provisions to the unrelated bill.
In another legislative matter, HB 1589, the “Clean & Drain” bill designed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals, will be heard by the New Hampshire Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this Wednesday, April 6, in the State House on North Main Street in Concord, Room 100.
The New Hampshire Lakes Association website is at www.nhlakes.org.