Lake Doster Lake Association

 Dock, Boat Lift & Other Floatables - Rules & Specifications

 

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH LDLA MEMBER TO BE FAMILIAR WITH LAKE DOSTER DOCK AND BOAT LIFT RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS AND TO BE COMPLIANT WITH OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF MICHIGAN AND TOWNSHIP LAWS AND ORDINANCES.

 

FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY AND BENEFIT, LAKE DOSTER DOCK AND BOAT LIFT RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH LDLA BYLAW PROVISIONS.

 

Any water structure or item that does not conform with the LDLA Approved Specifications, is unsafe or dilapidated will be classified as "NON -COMPLIANT" and may be REMOVED AT the Member’s expense.

 

The LDLA Building Control Committee (BCC) must approve:

·         Initial dock installations

·         Dock Relocations

·         Dock replacements or modifications

·        New dock specifications and replacements

·        Boat Lifts / Shore Stations

·        Rafts

·         Any other structure which is attached and intended to remain on Lake Doster’s surface or lake’s bottom seasonally or permanently.

 

Property Owners considering any of the above must submit a description of the proposed structure.  The BCC form must include planned materials, construction and foot print location, and other details necessary for the BCC to make a compliance determination for the project:

 

DOCKS:

1.      New and existing docks must comply with the following safety requirements:

1.1.   Docks are to be maintained with safe and stable decks, free of protruding fasteners, broken, cracked, or missing boards.

1.2.   Stringers are to be sound and without cracks.

1.3.   Dock decks must be level within 2" side to side.

1.4.   The primary purpose of a dock is for lake viewing and access to boat moorings.

1.5.   T's, L's or slips are permitted but must conform to all specifications and shall not extend past the maximum length of 24 feet.

 

2.      New Dock Specifications and Recommendations:

2.1.   Width - 30" to 36". (A width of 18" to 24" will be allowed in Parks to conserve mooring space.)

2.2.   Length - 24' maximum. (Length exceptions may be considered for shallow water or confined conditions.)

2.3.   Height - Deck surfaces shall not exceed 24" above the normal water level.  Minimum stringer water clearance is 6" above normal water level.

 2.4. The dock must be at least 12 feet away from the property side lot lines of the owner's property.  No encroachment upon an adjacent property's projected side lot lines by any dock or moored boat is allowed.

2.5.   Painting of wooden docks is discouraged due to continued maintenance, flaking paint, and slippery footing conditions. Staining or water proofing treatment of bare wood is acceptable.

2.6.   Materials –

2.6.1.      Commercially available wood or aluminum is recommended.     

2.6.2.      Wooden structures should only use TYPE AC2 treated lumber.  Nominal lumber thickness of 2" is recommended for stringers.

2.6.3.      Decking should be at least 1" nominal thickness. As other materials become available for dock construction (composite materials) they will be considered on a case by case basis.

2.6.4.      Support posts are recommended to be nominal 2" galvanized steel appropriately supported by galvanized hardware and base plates for the rigidity of the structure. Alternate materials must be approved by the BCC.

2.6.5.   Floating docks are acceptable but must comply with the length restriction above.

 

Property Owners considering any new or repositioning of their dock should contact a member of the BCC prior to submitting their plans.  A member of the BCC, with input from the property owner, will make recommendations for the placement, relocation or other modifications and submit the plans to the board for final approval. 

 

RAFTS, TRAMPOLINES, ETC:

Before placing a raft, trampoline, ski run or any other devise on Lake Doster, an LDLA member must first obtain written permission from the Building Control Committee.  Approval of a request by the BCC shall in no way be construed as a warranty of safety.

 

BOAT LIFTS:

1.     All Boat Lifts must be of such commercial grade and size to accommodate their LDLA registered vessel.

 

2.      Property Owners considering placing boat lifts should contact a member of the BCC prior to submitting their plans.  A member of the BCC, with input from the property owner, will make recommendations for the placement or relocation of the boat lift and submit the plans to the board for final approval. 

 

GRANDFATHERING:

1.      Existing Boat Docks and Boat Lifts may be grandfathered if they basically meet the above Rules & Specifications.

1.1.   Areas where projected lot sideline access is involved, the positioning must be submitted to the BCC and received BCC and Board approval.  

2.      Grandfathering of docks is not allowed in Park Areas. Only access (ingress and egress) to the Lake is certain.  All Park Area docks must receive BCC approval.

May 11, 2014

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