As many of my readers know by now, Governor O'Malley announced in his State of the State address last Thursday his proposal to ban "major" housing developments that use septic systems in an effort to further combat the leakage of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. This obviously is a major concern for builders in rural areas as well as those parts of Maryland that are within developing areas but that currently do not have sewer connectivity. Based on some reports and administration officials, this proposal, if enacted, could impact housing developments with as few as 6 homes.
For an insightful article detailing the reactions of members of the building industry as well as local planning directors and state environmental agencies, check out an article appearing in the Baltimore Sun, authored by Timothy B. Wheeler, titled "Developers distressed over bid to curb septic systems".
What are your reactions to O'Malley's proposal?