Please review the frequently asked questions below.
Common Property Questions
Any land within 250’ of a Great Pond or is regulated under the Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) and referred to as the Shoreland Zone. Maine state statues define lakes and ponds greater than ten acres in size as Great Ponds. The Great Ponds in Shapleigh are Goose Pond, Granny Kent Pond, Hansen Pond, Little Poverty Pond, Mousam Lake, Poverty Pond, Shapleigh Pond, Sherburne Lake, Spicer Pond and Square Pond. Other land may fall under the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance such as land near rivers, streams and wetlands, contact the Code Enforcement Officer with any questions.
SHORELAND ZONE — The land area located within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the normal high-water line of any great pond or river; within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the upland edge of a freshwater wetland; or within 75 feet, horizontal distance, of the normal high-water line of a stream.