APA boathouse regulations stalled again

Lussi is among several commissioners who argue the agency doesn't have the legislative authority to impose arbitrary limits on structures exempt from shoreline setback regulations.

"When we do this proposal, we present it to the Legislature and we take their jobs away," he said. "Then we review it ourselves, then we commissioners are the judge and jury of variance applications - It's like being a dictatorship."

With the personal attacks aired and the definition of a boathouse expanding faster than a balloon at a birthday party, Stiles voiced his opposition to the ad-hoc changes to the regulation.

"I think our process gets a little bit out of hand when we try to rewrite this thing with a 'group crayon,'" Stiles said. "I think we have personalized this discussion to the point it is deleterious to the outcome. I think the vote, very clearly, should be to not approve this amendment and go back to committee."

The amended version failed in a 4-6 vote, stalling the proposal once again and sending it back to committee.

Proponents of the size cap argued it will assure that the structures are being used only for the storage of boats and not other non-compliant uses.

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