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Recodification Project
Update July 1, 2019

The draft of the recodified LMCD code of ordinances is ready for review. The LMCD has been working with a Work Group to recodify its code of ordinances to make it easier to use for stakeholders and the general public. We are inviting you to review the draft and offer your comments. Please submit comments by July 31, 2019. The following are some notes to keep in mind as you review the draft Code:

  • This recodification is not intended to change any of the substantive regulations within the Code.  If you believe any of the substantive regulations were changed, please point them out in your comments.
  • The draft Code is reorganized with three main users in mind: commercial; municipal; and residential.  The resulting Code is longer, but will hopefully be easier to navigate as a user can focus on their particular category to identify the applicable uses and regulations.  An effort was also made to bring together the general regulations applicable to all users and to establish uniform administrative procedures.
  • Any comments you may have regarding the draft Code are welcome, but comments proposing substantive changes to the regulations will not be addressed as part of this recodification.  Instead, substantive change proposed in the submitted comments and those identified during the recodification process will be submitted to the LMCD Board separately for consideration after the revised Code is adopted.

We invite you to review the code and make comments using the following links.

View Draft Code
Submit Comments Form

Current Code, Regulations, Handouts

Lake Minnetonka is a valuable recreational resource for a large number of people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Minnesota, and the nation. The Lake is also a valuable ecological resource that provides drainage control and a habitat for a wide range of wildlife. The Lake is subject to increasing pressures from the development of adjacent shoreland areas and from increasing recreational uses.

Regulations are established in order to balance all the competing interests of the Lake, the human use and the great natural resource.  The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) Board of Directors over the years has adopted a comprehensive Code of Ordinances to manage and regulate a wide variety of activities on Lake Minnetonka. Please view the code and informational materials for more information about environmental, public safety, and nuisance regulations.

Informational Materials

Current LMCD Code of Ordinances – Effective 06/28/2017

  • Chapter 1 (General Provisions and Uniform Procedures)
  • Chapter 2 (Regulation of Structures Within the Lake)
  • Chapter 3 (Regulation of Watercraft and Other Craft and Vehicles)
  • Chapter 4 (Environmental Control)
  • Chapter 5 (Liquor and Beer)

LMCD Adopted Ordinances


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