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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Prince William Ordinance Suggested As Sewer Solution

By Doug Nurse www.ajc.com

Milton City Manager Billy Beckett is recommending that the City Council use a Prince William County, Va., sewer ordinance as a starting place as it debates whether it should have a similar ordinance.

Since its inception, the Milton City Council has been reluctant to grant sewer extensions —- even in some commercial areas. ut, as the city faces a tight fiscal picture, some are questioning whether the unofficial no-sewer policy makes sense.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors adopted the ordinance in 2003. Beckett said he picked the ordinance because it seemed to address many concerns voiced by residents while allowing some sewer in commercial areas.

Main points of the Prince William County sewer ordinance:

> Establishes development areas where sewers can go and precludes sewers elsewhere, including rural and semi-rural areas, except in extenuating health and environmental circumstances.
> Requires sewer connection of existing structures that have failed septic systems and within 300 feet of a public sewer line with adequate capacity.
>Requires developers to pay impact fees to cover the cost of extending appropriate sewer lines.
> States sewer expansion is not to be seen as a reason to increase residential density beyond those specified in the comprehensive land use plan.
> Prohibits private sewer plants.
> Requires public facilities, such as schools, fire stations or libraries, be connected to sewers.
> Establishes a mandatory, maintenance-reporting program for septic tanks.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

After all the years this community fought to be different and now look! What happened to the survey we all paid for where the results were overwhelmingly NO SEWER?

Anonymous said...

I agree. What was Beckett thinking even suggesting this?
No sewer means ... guess... ha!
NO SEWER! It's rocket science ya know.
But the hidden agendas still try to take root.
what is that special called meeting is going to be about tonight? hmmmm anybody want to take a guess?

Anonymous said...

If commercial growth is needed to keep property tax rates lower, can someone please show me an example of where this has worked. Every county in the Metro Area that has a high percentage of commercial also has the highest tax rates. The areas that are considered to be the bedroom communities with their low percentage of commercial have the lowest tax rates.

Anonymous said...

Get a clue bonehead. It's not no sewer, it's no extention of additional sewer!

The city already has sewer in the commercial areas. Do you want to plug those up also?

That is why Beckett was suggesting this.

Anonymous said...

no bonehead YOU really need to get a clue. No sewer in the residential areas - I did not see anyone suggesting to plug up the current hookups??? Duh... .
So IT IS NO SEWER!

Anonymous said...

The promise of no sewer in Milton is now turning out to be too good to be true.

Anonymous said...

Bring back the OUTHOUSE.

Anonymous said...

Not as excited about this city as I once was. Being unincorporated now seems better than being a city.

Anonymous said...

I wish we weren't a city also. We wouldn't have fights like this and be voting on sewer. We'd just be out here doing our thing and having less police. We had the same fire stations.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add, Fulton County would also be keeping grass on right of way cut.