Our designer completed the plans over the weekend and they look great!
So, now we begin the process of acquiring the proper permits. Unfortunately, our plans do not comply with all Elizabeth Township zoning codes. Specifically, we want to build closer than 30 feet from the property line. The plans call for the garage to be 21 feet 11 inches from the property line. We will need a variance from the Zoning Board. The Zoning Board could also take issue with our preferred driveway location. We would like to enter from the highway, like our neighbors do. However, due to the traffic on that road, they might prefer that we enter from the back of the property. That would add significantly to our costs.
It is impossible to get answers to our questions right now because the Township Office appears to be closed for two weeks.
We also still have the septic issue. Due to the particularly cold and long winter in Pennsylvania, we still have not completed the perk test. Assuming the property passes the test, we will need another variance to proceed with building the drainage field in the only spot on the property that meets the 100 feet from the closest well rule. The code requires that there are at least two locations on the property that meet the drainage field location requirements. So, we need to find favor with the Sewage Board.
Besides zoning and sewage permits, we also need a building permit. We cannot request a building permit until after we have passed through zoning and sewage. We are not sure how the building permit agency will deal with the fact that we are renovating part of an existing structure and adding new construction. This is an odd situation that could trip up our permit application.
The Ephrata National Bank has graciously accepted our loan application. Other banks were not interested in this project. However, the bank is waiting for us to acquire permits from Zoning, Sewage, and Building. Of course, the bank has a deadline for us to present the permits to them.
So, the way forward appears very complicated right now.