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What is “MLW” in water depth?

August 9, 2019

MLW stands for “mean low water.” It refers to the water depth at an average low tide. However, there are a few other factors to consider. First, the MLW measurement in the multiple list system is usually provided by the seller. Sellers have been known to “over-estimate” the MLW at … Read more

With regards to permitting, which side of a waterfront property is considered the “front?”

August 9, 2019

The waterfront side of the property is legally considered the front of the property for permitting purposes. This has ramifications on what can be built, and what the setbacks are from the property lines. In order to avoid confusion we always refer to the “waterside” and the “street side.” Give … Read more

What is “impervious surface” vs “pervious surface”?

August 9, 2019

… and how does it impact the potential for future development of a waterfront property? Impervious surface is a surface that does not permit water to run through the surface (i.e., a driveway). Pervious is the exact opposite. In a pervious surface, water can freely run through and drain from … Read more

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