|RE: State ordinances outlawing intelligent things||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Jun 95 14:33 CDT|
Washington state created a nice, and useful loophole around local zoning issues by allowing for "experimental projects". There are a number of these around the state, and if you want to use gray water for your garden, and do it legally, you can apply for experimental project status. I must confess that in my experience around these parts, NOBODY does this stuff legally, nor cares. The number of illegal group houses in Seattle city limits in 1994 was estimated at 7,000. The number of prosecuted group houses in 1994? 2. Both from complaints. Once you achieve 'experimental" status, you can sweep through the county variances. It does entail some paperwork, and some time, but I talked with some folks who are doing some off the grid work (which is illegal also - got to have electricity to get a residential permit. Indoor plumbing too....) and they found that it wasn't that hard, took 6 months for approval, and they could waive their state papers at the County and the County rolled over. I understand that the state got 45 requests for experimental status in 1994 and approved 23 of em. I understand that other states in the West have similar provisions for experimental projects. Might be useful to inquire around your state. Rob Sandelin Who plants his garden on his drainfield And thus eats sh__ for dinner every night.
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