Hope you guys can help me out a little here. I'm with a consulting firm representing a suburb that has maintained a rural setting (minimum 5 acre lots). They have partly done that by not installing any water or sewer connections and requiring all new development to have wells and septic tanks. Most wells are no deeper than 100 feet.
A developer owns a large parcel in the suburb. He wants to build on smaller lots (is a 3 acre lot small?), but the suburb won't allow it. The developer then decided to go to court to de-annex his property from the suburb. That would give him the flexibility he wants by becoming unincorporated, and he stands a very good chance of winning his case.
The suburb has regulatory control through its subdivision ordinance over land that extends 1 1/2 miles beyond its corporate boundaries, and intends to use that as a tool after de-annexation. Their argument is that additional development at higher levels of density can threaten the water table and recharge for its residents. The question is: what have municipalities done to limit development in this regard, particularly as they apply to land application systems?
Please help me if you can. I'm admittedly a novice in this area, having worked in much more urban environments prior to this.
BTW, I was a semi-regular Cyburbanite before starting this job in mid-November. I'm glad I can use this forum for things like this.