From 1954-1982, the number of structures on lakes across Minnesota increased by 164 percent.
But what about in the past 26 years? How many more buildings now surround your favorite body of water? How many of those small summer cottages back in 1982 are now three-story, five-bedroom, year-round homes? How many mom-and-pop resorts are now townhome developments or housing seasonal campgrounds?
No one knows because the state has done no formal assessments. However, drive around most any Minnesota lake and it's exceedingly clear development is increasing, whether in the form of more residences, bigger residences or both.
Yet the statewide rules governing that development have not changed in almost 20 years. ...
So we certainly welcome the news that state Department of Natural Resources in June will have a dozen public meetings with goal of updating these rules within a few years. ...
We urge the DNR to make this effort a top priority and include a specific timeline for completion.
Look no further than the 10-year (and counting) DNR process to update the development guidelines along the Mississippi River between St. Cloud and Elk River. This arduous ordeal is already a decade old and there has yet to be formally adopted changes! ...
Minnesota's lakes are too valuable a resource and facing too much pressure to allow the updating of lakeshore development guidelines to drag on for even half that time. It's already been almost 20 years, and in that time it's become clear lakes are no longer home to just those quaint summer cottages.
- St. Cloud Times
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