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Proposed Maryland Septic Ban Bill Released

It’s called “The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act or 2011” — aka “The Ban Rural Building Lots and Reduce the Value of Agricultural Easement Dollars Act of 2011″

No More Country Living - Marylands Proposed Ban on Septic Systems 02-11-11The proposal that Maryland Governor O’Malley introduced in his speech last week has been released.  Through the courtesy of  Dusty Rood, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Principal with Rodgers Consulting, Incthe private Septic Ban Bill_021011 is summarized as follows:

  1. After July 1, 2011, disallow the approval or recordation of residential subdivisions of 5 or more lots that use septic
  2. After July 1, 2011, require that minor subdivisions (less than 5 residential lots) on septic utilize Nitrogen Removal Technology.

There is a grandfather provision that exempts certain new projects from the proposal if:

  1. A subdivision application has been “made before January 1, 2011; and the subdivision plat is recorded before July 1, 2012; or”
  2. A subdivision application has been “made on or after January 1, 2011; and the subdivision plat is recorded before June 1, 2011.”

The Maryland Home Builders Association recently put on some information regarding the proposed septic ban bill.  It’s worth reading.

For more detail on what lead up to this read the MacRo Report Blog post: Farmland and Rural Building Lots face new threats from EPA

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