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Lot line adjustment rules concern E. Allen residents

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

New regulations require testing, second septic location on property

The owners of the property at 6670 Locust Road came to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 28 with their attorney and real estate agent asking for relief on a lot line determination.

The request involves moving the lot line about 5 feet to enhance the sale of the house. The present lot line runs through the garage.

The owners have lived in the house for decades. The house sits on a half-acre lot, and the parcel surrounding the house is a 14-acre tract. The township anticipates development along Locust Road.

The owners are moving to a retirement community and are anxious to sell the property. It has been listed for sale. The real estate agent, John Solotwa, indicated they have a potential buyer. The property is a 1960s-style ranch home with its own septic system and well.

However, in adjusting the lot line, the sewer enforcement officer determined that the parcel is considered new. Under new regulations, a parcel must meet all the standard restrictions for water and sewer separation and the owner must identify a second septic location on the property.

The second location is a newer requirement that allows for a backup when the primary septic system fails. This added requirement is why new lot sizes are usually one-acre minimum with two acres being the new normal. When the house in question was built, the septic requirement did not exist.

As Solotwa pointed out, getting a second location on the property could prove to be a challenge. The property would need a percolation test to find a septic location, which would be an additional expense for the owners.

In order to get the process moving along, the attorney agreed to the conditions for lot line approval. As a note, the owner is not required to follow the provisions.

In another development, First Regional Compost Authority is in trouble.

“They received so much debris from the storms that they are running out of capacity,” Chairman Roger Unangst said.

The mulch supply is not moving at FRCA because the authority only has regular mulch instead of the in-demand color-dyed variety.

According to Unangst, FRCA is considering adding colored mulch to its line and teaming up with commercial landscaping companies. The expectation is that the new designer line might move more of the mulch out of the yard.