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This comparison is intended to illustrate how a rural stewardship plan can be beneficial to a landowner and their objectives. To get a better idea of how a plan would work on your property, you can attend a workshop or get help from county staff.

The landowner in this case wants to add 1500 square feet to a legally built house, which is now entirely within the buffer. They'd also like some yard and patio space. With a rural stewardship plan, the buffer can be reduced from 165 feet to 125 feet, but the house is still mostly within the buffer.

The house addition could still continue, as long as the additional area is not added on the side facing the stream. The habitat protections the landowner would select might include enhancement of the buffer, even increasing the buffer area where they don't plan to develop, using native landscaping and green building techniques such as permeable pavement.

sample site plan for wooded site with house in stream buffer

For questions about these programs, please contact Pesha Klein, Environmental Scientist III, DPER Critical Areas Review.