Building Development - Houses, Garages, Shops, Lot Splits, Buying Land
The Environmental Health section is involved in the planning and zoning process with regards to building permits for new (PDF) and existing lots (PDF), lot splits (PDF), special exceptions (PDF), and subdivision development (PDF). Our role is to evaluate the property from an environmental aspect, specifically to the placement and reserve areas for private wells and wastewater system. This assessment (PDF) if very informative to the owner and the planning process and will give some insight to the lots limitations. Owners are welcome to come to the office and discuss plans for a free consultation. There is a charge if staff must go to the site. We also attend hearings and submit comments to the Planning and Zoning Department as needed.
Each site and situation is unique and planning ahead is the best. An assessment (PDF) would include 2 site inspections, aerial with GPS points, and narrative of findings. A soil profile can also be completed as needed. Click on the links above, or call the environmental health staff to talk about an assessment.