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(1) Location Standards. Docks, swim floats, and buoys shall be located according to the following criteria:

(a) Docks, swim floats, and buoys shall be sited to avoid adversely impacting shoreline ecological functions or processes.

(b) Docks, swim floats, and buoys shall be spaced and oriented in a manner that minimizes hazards and obstructions to public navigation rights and corollary rights thereto such as, but not limited to, fishing, swimming and pleasure boating.

(c) Covered docks or other covered structures are not permitted waterward of the OHWM.

(2) General Design Standards. Docks, swim floats, and buoys shall be designed according to the following criteria:

(a) All over- and in-water structures shall be constructed and maintained in a safe and sound condition. Abandoned or unsafe structures or materials, including treated wood, pilings, derelict structures, vessels, buoys, and equipment, shall be repaired promptly by the owner or removed after obtaining any necessary permits.

(b) Lighting is discouraged unless required by a federal or state agency for navigation or safety and security purposes associated with overwater structures shall be beamed, hooded or directed to avoid causing glare on adjacent properties or waterbodies. In instances where lighting is required for these purposes, illumination levels shall be the minimum necessary for safety.

(c) Temporary moorages shall be allowed for vessels used in the construction of shoreline facilities. The design and construction of temporary moorages shall be such that upon termination of the project, the aquatic habitat in the affected area can be returned to its original (preconstruction) condition within one year at no cost to the environment or the public.

(d) No skirting is allowed on any structure. If a dock is provided with a safety railing, such railing shall meet International Building Code requirements and shall be an open framework, following appropriate safety standards, that does not unreasonably interfere with shoreline views of adjoining properties.

(e) Moorage facilities shall be marked with reflectors, or otherwise identified to prevent unnecessarily hazardous conditions for water surface users during the day or night. Exterior finish of all structures shall be generally nonreflective.

(3) Docks dimensional, material and other standards shall be according to the state and federal requirements. The length of piers and docks shall be limited in constricted water bodies to ensure navigability and public use. The city may require reconfiguration of piers and docks proposals where necessary to protect navigation, public use, or ecological functions. (Ord. 484 § 2, 2014)