Lakeshore Design Intervention
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This study will quantify the Minnesota County's concerns with shoreline development and private landowner's concerns with the unauthorized use of purchased land due to regulations and wildlife preservation. This study aims to determine what will satisfy the needs of private interests versus the public good in relation to the common Minnesotan lakeside real-estate development problems. This study will investigate the county's concerns with shoreline development on wetlands and bluffs. The reason this study is being conducted is since landowners who want to develop their shoreline cannot do so since the state or county has all the jurisdiction in what they can and cannot do, even though it is paid for by the landowner. I want to incorporate the wildlife concerns with private interests to create a design that satisfies the needs of both. To be able to reduce the environmental risks in protected habitats to create a more sustainable, yet still visually pleasing design that will satisfy the landowners and go by the laws of the protected areas. A hidden fact about private lakeside owners is that knowingly or not, they illegally develop in prohibited areas, and most of the time they do not get caught, and even if they do the county will most likely not make them remove it. The methodology I will use to configure this data will be done through several case studies, state and county codes and laws, and possible online interviews with county wildlife law enforcers. There will need to be a study for how much land is private and public, and an estimated study for the percentage of private owners can develop down to their shoreline and how many cannot. With this data I will develop a mitigation strategy to find a private and public balance of shoreline development that will provide and satisfy landowners with more development options for their privately owned land but will also satisfy the county’s environmental concerns, thus proposing the perfect ratio for public and private estates, and if need be, advocate for changing the existing wildlife restrictions.