The applicant is seeking Special Exception
approval under Section 3-320, Public Utilities, of the Zoning
Ordinance for the use of an Aquarobic Septic System to serve a
three-bedroom single-family residence to be built on a 1.464-acre
parcel on Old Maidstone Road in the Village of Rectortown.
Because the soils on site do not percolate and will not
accommodate a conventional septic system, the applicant’s soil
consultant recommended an Aquarobic System.
The Aquarobic System pre-treats wastewater in a mini-plant
from which it is pumped and distributed across the top of a filter
bed. Although the
mini-plant, which provides primary treatment, is considered
conventional, the filter bed is classified as “experimental”
by the Health Department and, therefore, requires a special
Both the County Soil Scientist and the
Health Department concur that this type of system is a suitable
alternative to serve the residence proposed for the site.
For the Board of Supervisors’
information, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on this
request on March 28, 2002. The
applicant’s soil scientist and one individual spoke in favor of
the request. After
having his questions answered, a third individual stated that he
had no objections to the proposal.
Commission has forwarded this application to the Board of
Supervisors with the recommendation of approval for the request
subject to the conditions as listed in Attachment 1.