Private Recreation Facility Specifications
Existing Recreation Facilities
A. Facility Specifications
- Existing, permitted private recreation facilities including piers, shared piers, boat houses, and launch ramps that pose no environmental or public safety hazards are “grandfathered” and are allowed to remain in place, as the facilities existed on July 1, 1999 together with any subsequent modifications or repairs approved by Yadkin pursuant to a written construction permit or repairs not requiring a county building permit, so long as (i) the owners comply with their current permit, the Stewardship Policy, and all other applicable Yadkin procedures and requirements, and (ii) the facilities are maintained in good repair and comply with all applicable State and local health and safety requirements. A written construction permit from Yadkin is required for the modifications and repairs to existing “grandfathered” facilities. Additional guidance may be obtained from Yadkin upon request.
- Adjoining property owners with an existing permitted pier that does not meet the standards outlined in II.A.1, above, must correct the condition or remove the existing pier. Any replacement structure must conform to the design specifications for new piers.
- An adjoining property owner with an existing permitted boat house and/or launch ramp that does not meet the standards in II.A.1, above, may be required to remove the facility. If the boat house or launch ramp that must be removed is the only boat access facility associated with that property, the adjoining property owner will be allowed to replace it with a new pier that conforms to the design specifications for new piers.
- An adjoining property owner either (i) seeking to replace or rebuild an existing permitted pier, or (ii) seeking to replace an existing permitted boat house or launch ramp with a permitted pier, must comply with these Specifications but is exempt from minimum lot width, water depth, and cove width requirements for new piers.
B. Permit Transfer
- Current private recreation facility permits are transferable, so long as (i) the facilities have been maintained in good repair and comply with all applicable State and local health and safety standards, (ii) the current property owner (seller) has complied with the current permit, the Stewardship Policy, and all other applicable Yadkin procedures and requirements, and (iii) the new property owner (purchaser) has signed a new private recreation facility permit.
Prior to the sale or transfer of adjoining property, the seller or the seller’s agent must contact Yadkin to request a permit transfer. Upon request, Yadkin will arrange a site visit. If (i) the facilities are determined to be in good repair and in compliance with all applicable State and local health and safety requirements, (ii) the seller has complied with the current permit and all applicable Yadkin procedures and requirements, and (iii) all fee payments are up to date, Yadkin will provide the seller or seller’s agent with a form to request transfer of the permit. In order for the transfer to be effective, the applicable transfer fee must be paid and a new private recreation facility permit must be completed and signed by the purchaser at the time of closing. If the facilities are deemed not transferable, Yadkin will provide the seller or the seller’s agent with a written description of repairs (up to and including replacement of the existing structure with a compliant pier) or other actions that must be undertaken before the facilities will be transferable.