Ordinance 10-8-5: Wetlands Overlay District Standards
Wetlands are defined as areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater and support wetland plant species. Wetlands are important because they help maintain water quality, reduce flooding and erosion, provide fish and wildlife habitat, and are an integral part of our community's natural landscape.
Is your neighborhood pond classified as a wetland? Take a look at the Water Body Designations map, or call City Natural Resources staff at 952-895-4550.
The City has established ordinances to protect wetlands, summarized here:
Permanent Buffer Strip Average Width (feet)
Minimum Permanent Buffer Zone Width (feet)
Percent Native Vegetation
LAKE SHORELINE PROTECTION
Ordinance 10-8-10: Shoreland Overlay District
Applies to these lakes: Alimagnet, Black Dog, Crystal, Earley, Horseshoe, Keller, Twin, and Wood.
The purpose of the ordinance is to protect environmentally sensitive shoreline areas by limiting activities such as construction, grading, and alteration of vegetation. Read the full ordinance (Title 10, Chapter 8, subchapter 10) on the City Code website. For assistance and to inquire about permits, contact the City Planning Department.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
For watercraft (boating) rules for ponds and lakes, visit our Watercraft Rules page.
If you have questions about wetlands, ponds, or lakes in Burnsville, contact Natural Resources staff at 952-895-4574.