New Regulations are coming for Stormwater Management in Lancaster County

**See updates at bottom of post

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If you’ve ever done any improvements to your property, you know that depending on the project there can be plenty of red tape to go through before you can begin work. Virtually all municipalities throughout the U.S. have their own set of codes they follow to determine what is and what is not allowed to be constructed in their area. This is a mixed blessing: it prevents your neighbor from building a large, unsightly building right in his front yard and potentially hurting your home’s resale value, but also at times may not allow you to install a beautiful, new Lapp’s storage shed in your yard as well.

At least in Lancaster County, PA, municipal officials are now increasingly turning their attention to the issue of stormwater runoff. As referenced in this article on LancasterOnline, there is a federal initiative to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and the Susquehanna River provides nearly half of its fresh water. To that end, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a mandate requiring all Lancaster County townships and boroughs to have compliant stormwater management plans in place by late fall.

It is still unclear how exactly this will affect you as a homeowner, and your ability to install one of our sheds in your back yard. Several municipalities, such as Akron, have already drawn up new ordinances to comply with their interpretation of the mandate. Others, like Fulton Township, are still hoping to be able to incorporate some exemptions for small projects such as storage sheds. And by the looks of a report several days ago, that may be possible.

We will do our best to stay abreast of these changes, and keep you posted. Stay tuned!

 

Update 8/13/13:

– according to this new report, the county is revising the model ordinance to allow for projects up to 1,000 square feet. This would make our [and your] lives much simpler. We’re keeping our eye on it!

 

Update 8/23/13:

this report indicates we’re still moving in that direction…

 

Update 11/7/13:

– and this report indicates that we will likely get our exemption, as well as a six-month delay in the rest of the legislation going through.