The Act provides for protection of certain mountain slopes and river corridors by limiting development and placing restrictions on the land owners. The mountain protection portion of the bill protects all mountain slopes at an elevation of over 2,200 feet with a grade of more than twenty-five percent. The river corridor protection portion of the bill restricts development within 100 feet of rivers having a flow rate of over 400 cubic feet per second, limiting permissible structures to single family residences and necessary infrastructure. A natural vegetative cover must be maintained in the buffer area. Both sections provide exemptions for land use plans developed before the effective date of the Act.
Andrew W. Roberts,
CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES Department of Natural Resources: Establish Minimum Standards and Procedures for Protection of Mountains and River Corridors,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
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