Land Usage Restrictions to Consider When Planning Your Pool

While planning for a new pool is an exciting time, it also requires a lot of attention to detail. One issue that frequently arises when planning for a new pool installation is land use. The area in which a pool can be built can be restricted by a number of factors, including septic tank/septic drainfields and/or building setbacks. A skilled landscape architect can navigate any land use problems that threaten your new pool installation and in today’s blog, we’ll discuss some of the most common issues that arise during the planning process and what we can do to solve them.

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Land usage restrictions can throw a wrench in your pool plans.

Land Usage Restrictions to Consider When Planning Your Pool

Septic tanks and drainage fields

One of the most common problems that’s run into during pool installation planning are constraints created by septic tanks. The septic system of most rural properties consist of an underground septic tank and a drainfield. It is important to ensure that the planned placement of your new pool does not interfere with your septic system.

Septic reserve areas

If you have a septic system, then it also contains septic reserve area that is mandated by the state. This reserve area ensures that you have enough space to replace your septic system if/when necessary, and is generally 10,000 square feet or larger, depending on your soil type and proximity to protected land. Because you cannot build or grade in your septic reserve area, many homeowners find that the area of useable land in their yard is much smaller than they originally assumed.

Building setbacks

Building setback defines how far a building must be from other objects that must remain untouched. This can include things like wells, easements, property lines, and streets. The specific sizes of property setbacks will vary depending on your locality’s zoning requirements, so it is important to work with a landscape architect who has a thorough understanding of local regulations.

What can be done about these restrictions?

By working with a landscape architect who understands land use restrictions, an appropriate solution can often be found. At Rhine Pools, we will do everything we can to install your pool where you want it. If building setback is the issue, we might be able to petition your locality to modify the zoning restrictions for your property to reduce building setbacks in order to place your pool where you would like it. If septic system placement is the problem, we are able to work with your local health department to move parts of your septic reserve area to other locations in order to make room for your new pool. Contact us today to find out how we can make your dream of a new pool a reality.


Rhine Pools: Landscape Architecture for New Pools in Maryland

A new pool in Maryland that makes use of landscape architecture brings a lot more value not just to your pool, but to your outdoor living and your home as a whole. Are you interested in learning more? Contact us today to talk with us about what you want to do with your pool remodel. Give us a call at 410.442.2445. Don’t forget to keep with us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter too!


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