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Application Process

​Applications for the ShoreHolders program go through an extensive approval process. Here is the step-by-step process for a successful application.

1. Landowner receives a ShoreHolders Invitation Packet, including a map showing the easement area in which Dakota County is interested. Landowners with shoreland are also welcome to call if they would like more information or to apply for ShoreHolders.

2. County staff contacts each landowner to answer questions and determine interest in participation.

3. County staff schedules a meeting with the landowner to:

  • Discuss the project
  • Discuss and adjust the easement area on the landowner’s property map
  • Provide a pre-application form
  • Discuss next steps


4. County staff scores the project to determine its natural resource value.

5. County staff requests permission from the County Board to perform real-estate appraisals on those easements estimated at $50,000 or greater or within a city. For those easements valued at less than $50,000, no appraisal is required.

6. Landowner signs a Commitment of Interest Agreement if an appraisal is needed and submits a refundable check for $150 to $450 depending on the estimated value.

7. Appraisals are conducted (at the County's expense).

8. Discussions begin between the County and the landowner (and other project partners) about easement valuation and restrictions on property use.

9. Final projects are presented to the County Board for funding approval.

10. Baseline Property Reports (property assessment) and Natural Resource Management Plans (plans for future land restoration or maintenance) are jointly developed and approved by the County and landowner.

11. County Board-approved projects are completed and easements are recorded.

12. Natural Resource Management Plans are implemented and easements are annually monitored.

Last updated: 11/5/2013 7:54 AM