Vision and Action Plan for Lake Carey


August 25, 2001


Based upon the resident input during the July part of the visioning process, the following is a statement of what Lake Carey should be like in 10 years:

The Lake remains a peaceful place and has preserved its natural and architectural beauty. It is a low density, cottage community in a setting of treed lots, surrounded by rural woods and farms. The quality of the Lakes water is high; it is free of excessive vegetation and algae, safe for swimming and it supports plant and animal species native to the area. Residents and their children enjoy this cottage community in safety when boating or fishing, and when walking, biking or roller-blading around the Lake. The well water is potable and there is adequate protection of property against fire, theft and vandalism. The historic, architectural quality of the housing stock has been preserved or enhanced as renovation and construction occurred. Zoning has resulted in limited construction on new lots of adequate size for proper functioning of septic systems and reasonable setbacks from the road, the Lake and other houses. Much of the wetlands and wooded areas within view of the Lake have been placed in a permanent conservation status. Commercial activities have been limited to two locations. The Lake is a cohesive community of permanent and seasonal residents who display consideration of their neighbors; people minimize noise from their dogs, watercraft and parties, smoke from burning trash, light from street lights, and operate their watercraft safely. Lemon and Tunkhannock townships are responsive to the residents needs, providing the public services needed by these taxpayers. The Cottagers Association continues to represent the residents and to serve as a focus for community life.



This vision is to be achieved through the following goals and strategies.


To improve the quality of the Lake and ground water.

Strategy 1 Phosphorus Loadings

In 2001 obtain a Watershed Assessment and Planning Grant from the State DEP`s

Growing Greener program, to determine the sources and the most environmentally sound and cost effective method for eliminating the excess loading of phosphorous and other contaminants in the Lake Carey watershed.

Strategy 2 Septic System Management Program

The Cottagers Association shall establish a standing committee to develop and implement a septic management program. The committee shall:

 1) Explore a septic system inspection ordinance with the two Boards of Township Supervisors. This should apply to a strip at least 300 feet from the lakeshore and the streams which feed Lake Carey. (Note: One possible outcome of this could be a State requirement that sewers be installed.)

 2) Encourage residents with septic systems within 300 of the Lake to establish riparian buffers using attractive plants and shrubs.

 3) Request the PA Game Commission or other appropriate agency to annually reduce the geese and duck population at the Lake.

4) Provide a leaflet annually to all residents and property owners which encourages the following and/or other practices known to reduce lake pollution from human and animal sources:

a) planting the Lake shore with tall grasses or shrubs to discourage ducks and geese;

b) refraining from feeding ducks and geese;

c) voluntary annual dye testing of septic systems;

d) voluntary septic system clean-outs every 3 – 5 years;

e) not using lawn or other fertilizers within 300 of the Lake shore;

f) viewing a model Lake property using recommended practices.



To more effectively control future development and preserve important open space.


Strategy 1 Establish a Comprehensive Plan for Lake Carey

In 2001, the Association shall request both Boards of Township Supervisors to appoint Planning Commissions to prepare a joint comprehensive plan under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code; this is a prerequisite for zoning at the Lake. This plan shall include a plan for Lake Carey.


Strategy 2 Establish a Zoning Ordinance for Lake Carey

Upon completion of the Township(s) comprehensive plans, the Association s Planning Committee will utilize the State Planning Code to develop a zoning ordinance and map for the Lake Carey Viewshed Area*, with assistance from the County Planning Office. Said ordinance could address such items as a minimum lot size, setback standards from property lines, location and type of commercial uses, street lights (shielding to minimize light pollution), cross references to State/County septic system and well standards/procedures, control of mobile homes and large trucks, trees, boat houses, etc. (Remember, zoning cannot be retroactive; it only addresses new development.)

 The Association`s Planning Committee shall conduct an ongoing program to inform Lake and Township residents about the advantages of sound planning and zoning.

 * Lake Carey Viewshed Area: The Lake plus the land up to the surrounding ridge lines; this is an area approximately 1,000 feet to the east of the Lake and 3,500 feet to the west with Marcy Road as the southern boundary.


Strategy 3 Protect Open Space with Conservation Easements

In 2001, the Planning Committee will work with the Countryside Conservancy and/or the North Branch Land Trust to formalize the ability of property owners to utilize conservation easements to protect open space parcels.

 By 2002, representatives of the Association shall approach key property owners to discuss use of the trust mechanisms.

 A fund shall be established by the Association for the potential purchase of vacant lots and/or development rights to important open space areas.



To provide a safe and secure environment for residents and their children.


Strategy 1   Create a Walking Lane around the Lake on SR 1005 & 1003

In 2001, the Association will formally request PENNDOT to improve and stripe a three foot walking lane on one side of the paved travel lanes within the existing 40 foot (predominantly) right of way. Given the existing gravel shoulders, this would not add to the effective width of the road. The walking lane would have painted pedestrian markings. (A Walking Lane may not be feasible in some parts of the roads around the Lake due to the terrain, but a Walking Lane around the entire Lake is a desirable long term goal.)


Strategy 2 Establish a Safe Boating & Driving Program

In 2001, the Association shall establish a standing Committee on Safety. This committee shall:

1) consult with the Fish & Boat Commission to determine their recommendation for prudent watercraft speeds on the Lake which permit tubing and skiing and report back to the Association at its June 2002 meeting;

 2) purchase buoys from the Fish & Boat Commission to mark a no wake zone within 100 feet of the Lake s shoreline;

3) formally request the State and Tunkhannock Township police to diligently enforce posted speed limits on the roads around the Lake;

4) request the stop sign at the northeast corner of the intersection of SR 1005 & SR1003 require a full stop in all directions (right turns do not now require a stop);

5) work with Lake Carey Volunteer Fire Department to establish a fully operational fire station at the Lake and to establish the feasibility and cost of constructing dry hydrants to the Lake from which tankers can draw their water during fires;

6) annually provide all residents and marina users with a leaflet outlining safe procedures in boating, driving, swimming and other matters.


Strategy 3 Directional Signs

In 2001, the Association (assisted by the three businesses) shall place quality signs (approximately 20 square feet in size) at both Route 29 entrances to the Lake. The signs shall say Welcome to Lake Carey.


Strategy 4 Street Name Signs

The Association shall request that Lemon Township officials place uniform street name signs at all intersections in the Township; at the intersections around the Lake, the signs shall be attractively designed. If the Township is unable to do this then the Association should undertake it.



To promote better communication and improve relations with local government.


Strategy 1 Association Liaison

The Association shall appoint one official liaison person to each Township to assure frequent and full communication with these governing bodies and their staff relative to issues of concern to the Lake community including this action plan.


To promote good community relations among residents and renters.


Strategy 1 Annual Mailing

The Associations annual mailing shall remind owners and their tenants of the need to be good neighbors; specific issues shall include:

1) barking and loose dogs, and stray cats

2) air pollution and fire risk from burning of trash

3) noise from jet skis, motorcycles, radios, parties, ATVs, etc.

4) property maintenance, particularly unsightly yard debris

5) shielding private street and security lights.

The Association will also request sponsors of early morning fishing tournaments to reduce the noise from boat motors and participants.

See the Background Paper for a summary explanation for the inclusion of some of the above issues.



This Vision Statement and Action plan were adopted on August 25th 2001 at the public meeting of the Lake Carey Cottagers Association attended by 100 residents. (#2 of Strategy 2, Goal III was adopted at the Association meeting of September 9, 2001.)


Members of the Lake Carey Cottagers Association Planning Committee:

Walter Broughton, Chair
Hetty Baiz
Barbara Beane
Ed Hetzel
Steve and Marcy Pitkin
Bertha and  Eleanor Sturman

Lake Carey Welfare Association, P O Box 637, Tunkhannock, PA 18657