Wetlands

I have a piece of property that is zoned wetlands. Has anyone dealt with wetlands in the past and is there any help out there to figure out how to give back to the preservation and still put a home on this land.
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July 17 2007 - US
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Hello: You must check out the zoning requirements to see if building a home is permitted on wetlands in your area. I visited a friend on Ocracoke Island, NC, a couple of years ago and they had a house on stilts that sat at the edge of wetlands. It was supremeley peaceful, watching the herons and wetland habitat from their back deck.
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July 17 2007
You are in for it big time if you try to build on or near wetlands. There are hords of state (in Ca) and federal as well as international laws that govern how wetlands can be treated. Sec 404 of CWA, and possibly the ESA depending on they type of wetland you have. It will be VERY difficult to build on if you are allowed to procede at all. I would recommend building
elsewhere.
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August 29 2007
We deal with it on a regular basis - rarely do we get a property that is completely dry & free of wetlands.

You are basically at the mercy of what the conservation dept. in your town will allow. I've had some properties that were sold to buyers that opted to rebuild a house already on wetlands, and keep the existing footprint.

But if you are just starting with vacant land, the best place to begin is with your town's conservation people. They should be able to give you enough info to guide you toward a more definitive answer.

Best of luck.
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