Credit 4.1: Shoreline Collaboration
This credit applies when neighboring waterfront property owners work together to design and build common shoreline structures or enhancement measures.
Shoreline features and processes invariably extend across property boundaries. Hence, it is often difficult to address shoreline issues—erosion, deposition, habitat restoration, etc.—solely within the boundaries of one property. Dealing with them in a “whole system” manner enhances the effectiveness of any measures taken.
Where this credit applies
This credit applies to shoreline protection or enhancement projects that neighbouring property owners could work together and address collectively, such as:
- Removal of bulkheads that extend across two or more properties (Credit 1.3).
- Removal of groins that are shared or multiple groins on two or more properties (Credit 1.4).
- Soft shore protection or enhancement measures that extend across properties (Credit 1.5).
- Riparian vegetation landscaping that share a common landscaping plan for more than 75% of the riparian buffer across properties (Credit 2.1).
- Stormwater management and drainage works that provide a common, shared service, including sharing of impervious surfaces such as driveways or walkways (Credit 3.2).
- Onsite sewage treatment; for example, common septic fields or small plant systems (Credit 3.7).
Note that sharing overwater structures (common piers, docks, etc.) and shoreline accesses are already recognized and awarded points under Credits 2.5 and 2.6 respectively, so you cannot apply for ‘collaborating’ on these types of projects under this credit as well.
You can apply for points under this credit whether or not your neighbors are applying for their own Green Shores for Homes rating; obtaining points under this credit is independent for each applicant.
How to proceed
Collaboration starts with talking with your neighbors about common concerns, ideas, and solutions. In setting up a collaborative shoreline project, think about:
Communication methods: Agree upon how you wish to communicate with one another for different aspects of the project; for example, meetings, email, phone calls, etc. At all times, allow the viewpoints and perspectives of all members to be considered in decision-making. Perhaps designate a team member as responsible for overseeing the collaborative communication process.
Common goals: Determine the goals (both short- and long-term) that everyone can agree on to guide your project.
Targets: Agree on a timeline and specific measurables for achieving your goals.
Responsibilities: Identify the major tasks and who will be the lead on each task. For example, who will be in charge of contacting prospective contractors and getting quotes that all can review? Who will be the main contact for the contractor chosen? Who will oversee the actual site activities? Who will be the treasurer, keeping the books, collecting funds from each team member, etc.?
Maintenance: Agree on a maintenance plan, if applicable, with associated assigned responsibilities and financial contributions.
Make sure to document the collaborative effort in order to achieve this credit, including:
Project team members: name, address, roles, etc.
Summary of the communication methods, management process, and responsibilities, etc.: Provide a record or log of major milestones.
Collaborative construction and maintenance plans.
A collaborative process may take longer than “going it alone” and may require some compromise, but the overall benefits in terms of reduced costs per individual, environmental protection, and a better end product often outweigh these disadvantages. Plus, you and your neighbours may develop a greater sense of community. In addition, collective projects may be considered to provide a higher level of public benefit, and could be eligible for funding or tax credit programs through local, state/provincial or federal agencies. Check with your local government.
This credit offers up to 8 base points.
|Collaborate with one other (separate)* waterfront property owner.||4|
|Collaborate with two (separate)* waterfront property owners.||6|
|Collaborate with three or more (separate)* waterfront property owners.||8|
*The collaborating parties must be different owners; i.e., not one owner for two or more properties.