Bella Vista City Council to examine septic ordinance

BELLA VISTA – The city council should discuss an ordinance requiring certain size sewage treatment plants for new construction based on the square footage of a house.

The working session was postponed to Tuesday because of President’s Day.

This regulation was tabled in December and is expected to have a second reading during the February 22nd session.

The proposed regulation would require a two-person sewer system for a structure of 1,500 square feet or less, a three-person sewer system for a structure between 1,500 square feet and 2,500 square feet, and a four-person system for a structure between 3,500 square feet and 3,500 square feet and a larger system for any structure over 3,500 square feet.

Former councilor Linda Lloyd previously stated that this was introduced to curb the development of homes with undersized sewage treatment plants. These houses are often built and are allowed to be sold as a two bedroom house, for example, only to be later sold as a four bedroom house, she said.

Doug Tapp, director of Community Development Services, said in December that this was a serious problem for his department. An application could clearly have an undersized septic tank field, he explained, but unless rooms are specifically marked as bedrooms the department cannot take them into account, he explained.

Tapp said he feels this is setting up future owners for an expensive outage.

Also on the agenda are two applications for rededication, explanations of the definition and requirements of the City Code for a special event, appointments to the planning committee, vehicle purchases and a lease for office space.

Keith Bryant can be reached via email at [email protected]

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