Waterfront Variables

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Waterfront Variable
Beach Shoreline - Deep
Deeded Access to Community Beach or Park Shoreline - Erosion
Exposure - East Shoreline - Gravel
Exposure - North Shoreline - Rocky
Exposure - South Shoreline - Sandy
Exposure - West Shoreline - Shallow
Indirect Waterfront - No Ownership Shoreline - Weedy or Algae
Indirect Waterfront - Ownership Single-owner Island
Indirect Waterfront - Right-of-way Access Subdivided Island
Permanent Docking Waterfront - Channel or Canal
Retaining Wall or Gabian Cages Waterfront - Lake
Road Divides Lot Behind Structure Waterfront - River or Other Natural Watercourse
Second Tier, Year-Round Residence Waterfront - Swamp or Marsh

Beach

The property is located directly behind and adjacent to a public beach (no private ownership, e.g., Wasaga Beach). No road exists between the property and beach.

Deeded Access to Community Beach or Park

Property owners are entitled to use a private community beach or private waterfront park.

Indirect Waterfront - No Ownership

This could include right-of-way. There is no ownership of the waterfront.

A road divides the property between the main structure and waterfront. The waterfront is open to and regularly used by public.

Indirect Waterfront - Ownership

This could include right-of-way. There is ownership of the waterfront.

A road divides the property or lot between the main structure and waterfront. The waterfront is owned by same person(s). This does not include an unopened road allowance that is owned by a municipality.

Indirect Waterfront - Right-of-way Access

There is a right-of-way Access to Waterfront.

A road divides the property or lot between the main structure and waterfront. There is no ownership of the waterfront but owner has access and use of waterfront as right-of-way.

Permanent Docking

A permanent dock is a year-round structure. It is not valued as part of a boathouse, deck or  porch.

Predominant Exposure - East

The predominant view from the shoreline and when facing the water is of the East.

Predominant Exposure - North

The predominant view from the shoreline and when facing the water is of the North.

Predominant Exposure - South

The predominant view from the shoreline and when facing the water is of the South.

Predominant Exposure - West

The predominant view from the shoreline and when facing the water is of the West.

Predominant Shoreline - Deep

The property has a deep drop-off from the shoreline.

Predominant Shoreline - Gravel

The property has a gravelly or pebbly shoreline.

Predominant Shoreline - Rocky

The property has a rocky shoreline. 'Rocky' includes stones and/or rocks that are large enough to impede and detract from recreational use of the shoreline.

Predominant Shoreline - Sandy

The property has a sandy shoreline.

Predominant Shoreline – Shallow

The property has a shallow shoreline.

Predominant Shoreline - Weedy or Algae

The property has a weedy or algae shoreline. Motorboats can access the shore although some dredging or trimming of weeds may be required.

Retaining Wall or Gabian Cages

The waterfront has a wall or cage that is constructed of stone, rock, poured concrete, concrete block or timber that required assembly or erection to correct or limit shoreline erosion.

Road Divides Lot Behind Structure

A road severs the waterfront lot behind the main structure.

Second Tier, Year-Round Residence

The property is one parcel removed from the waterfront, with or without an intersecting roadway or right-of-way. It is used year-round.

Shoreline Erosion

The property has shoreline erosion, which is continual and uncorrected by landscaping such as retaining walls or gabion cages, e.g., Scarborough Bluffs.

Single-owner Island

The property with structure(s) is located on a single-owner island.

Subdivided Island

The property is located on a subdivided island.

Waterfront - Channel or Canal

The property has direct access to a channel or canal. 'Channel or canal' refers only to a man-made watercourse.

Waterfront - Lake

The property has direct access to a lake. Properties separated from the water by a right-of-way, private road or unopened road allowances are still considered lakefront.

Waterfront - River or Other Natural Watercourse

The property has direct access to a river or another natural, navigable watercourse such as a creek.

Waterfront - Swamp or Marsh

The property abuts a swamp, marsh, or a part of a lake (such as a bay) that is extremely swampy. You cannot access the waterfront with a motorboat.

Note: The applicable law prevails to the extent there is any conflict between this information and the current law. This information is not intended to provide legal advice and should not be relied upon as such.