Central water & sewer requirements approved
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors recently approved an ordinance requiring central water and sewer for new major subdivisions with a certain number of dwellings.
County planner Matt Walker said the purpose of the ordinance is to clarify and increase water and sewer easement requirements for major subdivisions.
New subdivisions with 25 or more dwellings now must have central water and fire hydrants. New subdivisions with 50 or more dwellings are required to provide central sewer, and all dwellings are required to hook onto the sewer system.
Major subdivisions with lots greater than 2.5 acres in size, with deed covenants prohibiting further subdivision to lot sizes less than 2.5 acres, are exempt from the central sewer requirement.
Major subdivisions must provide acceptable easements to property lines that will allow for the future inclusion of such developments in central water and sewer systems.
The subdivider must make approved arrangements for perpetual operation and maintenance of any central water system installed.
On April 9, the Middlesex County Planning Commission voted 7-2 with one abstention to recommend approval of the ordinance change to the board of supervisors.
The board approved the ordinance changes on April 21.
In other matters on April 21, the board:
- Approved a request from John Cryer of Urbanna to reclassify 6.41 acres near Harmony Village from Low Density Rural to Village Community for use by Habitat for Humanity and Hands Across Middlesex. The purpose of the reclassification is to allow Habitat for Humanity and Hands Across Middlesex to have a professional office and storage facility on the property. Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the zoning change. Supervisor Fred Crittenden praised the work of Cryer, who purchased the land and is working with the two groups to provide the facility. Hands Across Middlesex is a charitable group that provides basic needs for low income families. With volunteer help, Habitat for Humanity builds and finances the cost of new homes for low-income families. “These groups have worked to make Middlesex County a better place for everyone,” said supervisor Jack Miller.
- Tabled action for 30 days to prohibit hunting near public schools, towns or regional parks to give county attorney Mike Soberick an opportunity to review the proposal.
- Named board chairman Robert Crump a member of a steering committee to determine if regional land reassessment would be more practical than having each county hire its own assessor.
- Approved a proclamation for the Deltaville Maritime Museum declaring this weekend, May 1-2, as Working Waterman’s Weekend in Middlesex County.