High Point residents left confused about city’s plans to maintain lakeshore properties

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The view from the lake and the view from Jim Kent’s deck is what drew him and his family to live along Oak Hollow Lake 20 years ago.

“It was a nice neighborhood, a good school system for our kids when they were growing up... and of course the view of the lake,” Kent said.

However, a few weeks ago he along with hundreds of homeowners near Oak Hollow Lake and City Lake received a letter.

“You are receiving this letter because you own land by Oak Hollow Lake or land adjacent towards city owned lake property,” Kent read. "The City of High Point has drafted recommendations to clarify existing procedures for managing this area."

The letter goes on to explain the city’s plans to maintain the property between homes and the lakes.

“[I hope they don’t] stick up ugly signs and I can't pick up the sticks and that there are going to be big fire hazards and I’ll never be able to see the lake again and my property values will drop,” Kent said.

“It's nothing new, but we are kind of going back through and dusting off the regulations and trying to get back to enforcing what should've been enforced years ago,” High Point City Councilman Jason Ewing said.

Ewing represents the areas near Oak Hollow and City Lake.

Basically, the city owns a buffer area from the lake shore to properties along the lake. It is set up because the lake is the city's water supply source.

The buffer zone is about 200 feet, an area where the city should be mowing and maintaining.

However, it’s something many homeowners have done for themselves.

Now the city wants to make sure it's paying attention again, especially when it comes to things like tree and vegetation removal.

“I’ve heard some people say that the city was going to come and take their property and not allow them to cut their grass and do anything else,” Ewing said. "A lot of it is about environmental control. there`s a lot of things focused around making the water as clean and safe as it can be.”

Kent is hopeful for one thing.

“That there's not any great changes. that's there's not any trespassing signs in my back yard,” he said.

Several hundred residents will be impacted by this.

The city will hold a meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Administration office for residents living near City Lake to explain all of this.

Then there will be second meeting Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the Oak Hollow Lake homeowners.