By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An emergency regulation approved in March by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health could make it easier for people buying land to be sure it is suitable for a septic system.
Terry Mayhew, a Berkeley County Heath Department sanitarian, told the planning commission Monday night that the regulation requires lots of any size to have a minimum of 10,000 square feet of septic reserve.
The problem has been that the planning commission has an agricultural exemption for lots covering more than five acres and state sewer regulations don't consider any lot over two acres to be a subdivision. That has resulted in subdivisions with two- and five-acre lots being drawn up and lots sold without the buyers having any assurance that the property is suitable for a residence.