Dulles Area Association of REALTORS (DAAR) of Leesburg helped to raise public awareness to oppose the ban on alternative septic systems imposed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
See my blog, November 2008: Loudoun approved ban on new non-conventional septic systems for five years.
In 2008, DAAR worked to reverse the ban by helping to move forward legislation to clarify that the Code of Virginia allows local governments to regulate alternative septic systems but does not give them authority to ban outright these systems. The new law nullifies the recent ban on alternative septic systems imposed by Loudoun County once the state promulgates regulations on these systems by March 1st, 2010.
Local Realtor associations, including DAAR, contacted Virginia Association of REALTORS, VAR, in 2008 aboutcounty governments trying to ban alternative septic systems. Both VAR and the Office of the Attorney General advised localities that while the Code of Virginia allows them to regulate alternative septic systems, it does not give them authority to ban outright these systems. HB 1788, introduced at the request of VAR, clarifies that local governments cannot ban alternative septic systems unless expressly authorized by the General Assembly.
Loudoun County Approved Ban on Alternative Septic Systems – November, 2008
SOURCE: Dulles Area Association of REALTORS; Virginia Association of REALTORS
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