Sammamish City Council may revise sewer policies

August 16, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: August 16, 10:14 a.m.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici proposed the city revise its sewer policy to give more flexibility about when new homes must connect to a sewer line.
Speaking at the City Council’s July 15 meeting, the issue came up during a presentation of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District’s Comprehensive Plan.
Since Sammamish is inside King County’s Urban Growth Boundary, state law envisions that all properties will eventually be connected to a sewer system.
To implement that, Sammamish has a policy, which echoes King County’s, that new construction within 200 feet of a sewer line must connect to the line
Property owners are responsible for laying the pipe and making the connection, costs which can sometimes run into very high dollar values.
Yazici said the city sometimes has situations where a large property – five acres or more, for example – might have a sewer line near one corner, but the home was built on the other side.
Under current regulations, the property owner would be required to bear the expense of bringing the sewer line all the way to the home site.
Yazici suggested the council consider changing the regulations to say the change is only required when “feasible and reasonable,” to allow some flexibility.
It is unclear when the council might adopt the proposed change.

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