Sewer Connection Policy

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Town of Apple Valley Sewer Connection Policy

Effective January 11, 2006, all new single-family lots created by subdivision, whether by Tentative Tract Map, Tentative Parcel Map, or Lot Split, where the newly created lots will have a total gross lot size of less than one acre, are required to connect to the Town Sewer System.

When the existing sewer infrastructure is more than one-half (½)-mile away, the developer shall be required to install a “dry sewer,” consisting of onsite main collector sewers and laterals to each new lot. Sewer service laterals shall be extended from the main collector sewer, to within five (5) feet of the septic system on all newly created lots. The collector sewer and laterals shall be installed in conformance with Town Standards prior to final map. All plan check and construction inspection fees shall be paid at time of plan submittal. Sewer connection fees shall be paid upon final inspection of construction to accommodate sewer connection by the homeowner at a later date.

At the discretion of the developer, and as an alternative to a “dry sewer”, the developer may choose to install an interim “Holding Tank System” as approved by the Town. The holding tank system will create a working collector sewer system within the development to serve the newly created lots. The developer will be required to set aside sufficient land from the development project to accommodate proper maintenance and operation of the holding tank system installation. A homeowners association or other mechanism approved by the Town, will be required to provide required maintenance and pumping of the holding tank system. Sewer connection and use fees shall be paid upon final inspection of construction. Sewer connection fees shall accommodate connection to the sewer system by the homeowner at a later date, and sewer use fees shall be collected to fund the cost of treatment of the wastewater flows through an approved location on the Town’s existing sewer system.

If approved by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Town, the developer may install an interim “Community Septic System” for disposal of wastewater flows from the development. The community septic system will create a working collector sewer system within the development to serve the newly created lots. The developer will be required to set aside sufficient land from the development project to accommodate proper maintenance and operation of the system, including disposal expansion area. A homeowners association will be required to provide required maintenance and pumping of the community septic system. Sewer connection fees shall be paid upon final inspection of construction to accommodate sewer connection by the homeowner at a later date. Sewer use fees will be required only upon permanent connection to the Town sewer system infrastructure.

Upon connection and activation of the collector sewers to the Town’s existing sewer infrastructure, all lots within the tract, parcel map, or lot split subdivision shall be required to abandon interim holding tank/septic tank/community septic system use, and make permanent connection to the Town sewer system as required. In the case of connection of lots utilizing dry sewers and interim septic systems, the cost for connection of the lateral and abandonment of the interim septic system shall be the responsibility of the homeowner to pay at the time connection is made.

Adopted per Town Council Minute Action on January 10, 2006