Natural Features Setback


AKA: Greenbelt Ordinance, Buffer Ordinance
One of the most effective ways to protect inland lakes, streams, and wetlands is to require minimum setbacks with the maintenance or development of an undisturbed buffer of native vegetation within a certain distance from specified natural features. A setback is intended to minimize impacts from development on the natural feature and help ensure the long-term health of the natural feature.


Additional References

State or MunicipalityAgency or CountyResource DescriptionResource Link
VermontDepartment of Environmental ConservationLakes Shores and Lake WiseClick here
Macomb CountyMacomb CountyNatural Features Setback Model OrdinanceClick here

Additional Ordinance Examples

MunicipalityCountyResource DescriptionResource Link
Bay TownshipCharlevoix CountyZoning OrdinanceClick here
Boyne Valley Township Charlevoix CountySection 4.21 Shoreland Protection StripClick here
Eveline TownshipCharlevoix CountySection 4.6 Waterfront GreenbeltClick here
Hayes TownshipCharlevoix CountySection 3.14 Waterfront RegulationsClick here
Emmet CountyEmmet CountySection 22.10 Shoreline Bluff ProtectionClick here
Almena TownshipVan Buren CountySection 17.11 Waterfront and Wetlands Setback Click here
Ann Arbor Charter TownshipWashtenaw CountySection 11.26 Natural Feature SetbackClick here