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AUSTIN — The development of floating habitable structures on the Highland Lakes has been banned, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority.

LCRA’s board of directors voted Sept. 21 to permanently prohibit the structures — which include floating homes — on lakes Marble Falls, Buchanan, Inks, LBJ and Travis because of potential harm to public and private property and water safety and quality, according to a news release.

The rule applies to floating structures used as temporary or permanent residences that contain cooking, eating, living and sanitary facilities.

“We are specifically prohibiting floating homes, residential developments, resorts and hotels that could potentially create water quality and public safety concerns,” LCRA General Manager Becky Motal said. “We worked with key stakeholders, researched what others had done under similar circumstances, and conducted interviews with government entities and other river authorities before deciding that this is what is best for the Highland Lakes from both a water-quality and public-safety perspective.”