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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:08pm

Public Notice

Publish October 12, 2018

NOTICE OF AMMENDMENT TO THE DOUGLAS COUNTY ZONING

ORDINANCE AS IT RELATES TO REQUIREMENTS FOR

COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS OF SEPTIC TREATMENT SYSTEMS IN AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL

RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICTS.

Notice is hereby given that on the 2nd day of October, 2018, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners adopted an amendment to Sections VI. And VII the Zoning Ordinance. These changes took effect immediately upon adoption. The following adopted changes are underlined:

SECTION VI. SANITATION -

SUBSURFACE SEWAGE

TREATMENT SYSTEMS

G. Compliance Management

2. Compliance Inspections.

a. Required inspections.

(1.) Inspections must be performed:

(a.) Any time deemed appropriate by the Department to ensure compliance with this Ordinance.

(b.) Prior to issuance of any Land Use Permit, Conditional Use Permit or Variance within all districts, the onsite sewage treatment system must be verified for compliance. Exceptions to this requirement include construction, repair, or modification of certain buildings or structures, which are not used for human habitation and do not generate wastewater, that are located in the Agricultural and Rural Residential Districts on properties ten (10) acres in size or greater or on properties less than ten (10) acres in size where the applicant possesses contiguous parcel(s) of land greater than forty (40) acres in size, and where any septic system(s) on the property have been determined to be compliant by inspection within the last twenty (20) years. If the inspection requires the upgrade or replacement of any portion of the system, a design must be submitted to the Department and SSTS permit obtained in order to obtain a Land Use permit, Conditional Use Permit, or Variance. The inspection may be delayed if the permit application is made during the period when a compliance inspection is not able to be completed due to winter conditions. A Land Use Permit may not be able to be issued until a Certificate of Compliance is issued. A compliance inspection must be performed and submitted before the following June 1.

SECTION VII. ADMINISTRATION

A. Land Use Permits

7. Prior to issuance of any Land Use Permit within all districts, the onsite sewage treatment system must be verified for compliance with the sanitation code as adopted by reference in this Ordinance. Exceptions to this requirement include construction, repair or modification of certain buildings or structures, which are not used for human habitation and do not generate wastewater, that are located in the Agricultural and Rural Residential Districts on properties ten (10) acres in size or greater or on properties less than ten (10) acres in size where the applicant possesses contiguous parcel(s) of land greater than forty (40) acres in size, and where any septic system(s) on the property have been determined to be compliant by inspection within the last twenty (20) years. Prior to the issuance of a land use permit a system which is identified as nonconforming/failing must be upgraded to conform to the Minnesota Individual Sewage Treatment System standards (Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080) within a time frame not to exceed two (2) years or ten (10) months if such system is declared to be an imminent health threat.

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