Appalachian Power's regulations on Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes have some homeowners fighting back.
It's called the Shoreline Management Plan; A set of rules and regulations put together by Appalachian Power for residents on Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes. But these guidelines have caused some controversy with homeowners and they're on a mission.
"To get our rights back here at the lake. Shoreline management is a violation of due process," said Bill Brush.
So Bill Brush and many other residents have jumped on board with the nonprofit group CURB: That's short for Cut Unecessary Regulartory Burdens.
"Right now the shoreline management plan is hurting the economy. Not just for the people who own property on the lake but it's hurting all the businesses that surround it because of its over regulations," said Brush.
Appalachian Power would not comment on the group or any lawsuits they plan to go through with.
But they did say, they're not the ones to blame for the stalling in the housing market on the lakes.
"A lot of those properties have not been sold, have not found buyers, some of the property prices have dropped, as a result of the economy," said John Shepelwich.
Building docks and cutting vegetation are just a few examples of what this plan controls.
These regulations have been in effect since 2005.