Justin Dyar, REALTOR® affiliated with:
Alabama Power Company
Corporate Real Estate
11 East 18th Street
Jasper, AL 35501
K.D. Huey, Jr.
Mack Thomas, Regional
For Reservoir Information:
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SHORELINE PERMITTING
This is a set of general guidelines for any and all construction activities within the boundary of the above stated reservoir. These guidelines do not attempt to address every specific situation that may exist on a reservoir, but are provided as "general guidelines" to assist you in your decision to build.
All activity within the boundary of the Lewis Smith hydroelectric reservoir must be pre-approved and permitted by Alabama Power Company. Alabama Power Company owns the pool property of this reservoir and in some cases has additional property rights along the shoreline.
FULL POOL (SUMMER) LEVEL FOR SMITH 510’ ABOVE MSL (MEAN SEA LEVEL)
WATER STORAGE EASEMENT 522’ ABOVE MSL
Please contact the office prior to the beginning of "any" construction within the project boundary of the reservoir. A representative of Alabama Power Company will be available to meet with you at the site to discuss and review your proposed work. When you contact Alabama Power Company to set up an appointment for a site visit, please provide general directions to your property and a phone number where you may be contacted.
PERMITS WILL NOT BE APPROVED AND/OR CONSTRUCTION WILL NOT BE ALLOWED WITHOUT FULLY APPROVED PERMIT AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.(signed permit, deed copy, signed sketch, signed guidelines etc.)
Sketches must show all existing facilities with their dimensions and locations as well as the proposed locations (with dimensions) of all new facilities. All sketches must be submitted on 8.5 x 11 standard paper. They must show the locations of all proposed constructions, and the proximity to the shoreline and property lines. For seawall constructions, sketches must show distance form full pool shoreline. Sketches for piers, boathouses, ramps, boat slips etc., are to show size, length, width, and if with a roof, height and dimension of roof. Specify type of materials to be used: Your sketch must be signed.
Lot with less than 100 linear feet of shoreline maybe restricted or may not be eligible for structures within the power pool area of the reservoir.
Any and all lake front property construction (piers, ramps, boathouses, boat slips, etc.) should be set a minimum of 15 feet from your property line. This separation should be maintained for a reasonable distance within the lake area. This distance will be determined by Alabama Power Company on a case by case basis. Pavilions, gazebos or any other appurtenant structures "cannot" be enclosed or walled except that screening may be used for the exterior walls of said structures. No satellite dishes or similar structures may be placed below the normal high water level of any reservoir. No garbage or foreign materials (remnants of building materials, old appliances, tires, etc.) are to be placed below the high water level of any reservoir. In a narrow slough, no structure can extend over 1/3 way across the slough.
PIERS:The walkway shall not exceed 60’ in length. The useable platform structure shall not exceed 420 sq. feet.
BOAT HOUSES / WET SLIPS / BOAT SLIPS: Should not exceed 1024 sq. feet. Must be open and cannot be walled or enclosed on at least three exterior sides; one exterior side many be walled for the placement/construction of an approved storage area. Sketch should show if covered (roofed), and dimensions. Non reflective materials must be used. No habitable fixtures are allowed in boathouses. No habitable structures may be constructed on ground lying within the pool and/or water storage easement of this reservoir. Wet slips are uncovered boat storage attached to a pier or a walkway. Boat slips are constructed by excavating into the shoreline and covering the excavated area with a boathouse structure. There are specific requirements you must discusswith Alabama Power Company concerning this type of construction prior to commencing any work.
** With regard to the construction of and remodeling of floating structures, flotation shall be encased or closed cell (extruded) expanded polystyrene of good quality and manufactured for marine use which will not become water-logged or sink when punctured. All beaded foam material being replaced shall be removed from the reservoir and properly disposed of.
BOAT RAMPS:Boat ramps should not exceed twenty (20) feet in width and may only extend into the lake a reasonable distance from the shoreline. Length and width will be determined by Alabama Power Company depending on location.
SEAWALLS:Seawalls are to be constructed as close to existing shoreline as possible. The source and kind of backfill must be approved by Alabama Power Company. Backfill must not exceed an average of 1 cubic yard per running foot. Backfill only to the contour of the natural slope of the property. No debris or foreign materials to be used as backfill. No new creosote products may be used. Rip rap (4 to 9 inch diameter rocks must be placed at the based of the seawall.
DREDGING:Dredging material from the lakebed must be approved by Alabama Power Company prior to the removal of "any" material. Applications for this activity will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Alabama Power Company cooperated with developers on this reservoir and encourages compliance with covenants and/or other regulatory/designs schemes put in place by the developers in order to encourage best practices for shoreline management within the developments. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary architectural board approvals, if such approval is a requirement prior to construction.
ALABAMA POWER COMPANY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS TO THESE GUIDELINES AT ANY TIME AND AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION.
These general guidelines are implemented by Alabama Power Company to allow it to provide for orderly and reasonable shoreline management of its reservoir, recognizing that peculiarities in shorelines and property lines exist on the reservoir and may require flexibility on the part of Alabama Power and/or landowners.