Septic permits continue to be a hot topic in Cherokee County that literally revolves around… well… crap. I must point out, we live in a county where one of the most politically involved issues is a septic permit – we’ve got it great here in Murphy!
I recommend, as does any responsible real estate agent in our area, that anyone buying a lot has their property gets a "perc" test as most people call it. This ensures your property can have a septic system installed, and thus have a house built.
Very seldom, that doesn’t mean anything. In this case of the article in the Cherokee Scout, one man had a permit that was revoked. This happened because a soil specialist who worked for the county did not do his job properly. He issued permits that should not have been because of unsuitable soil conditions.
Now the question is this: The property is virtually useless so who is responsible for paying? The arguments:
- The homeowner is up a creek (which is wrong)
- Cherokee County is responsible because the permit issued here
- The state of North Carolina – who licenses and approves soil scientists
It seems to be a finger pointing session with the buck not stopping any where. Although I feel confident it will be resolved soon, it’s a matter of working it all out and going through the hoops. Since the property owner did everything that should have been done, I don’t believe they should be penalized. Now the question is, "Who’s Paying?" The state or Cherokee County?
Read the full article from the Cherokee Scout: Denied septic permits results in ‘useless’ land – The Cherokee Scout – Cherokee County, N.C.’s local newspaper – News
John and Jessica Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM at REMAX of Murphy, NC – www.MyMurphy.com – JohnPoltrock@gmail.com – Call Toll-Free (877) 837-3002 and demand the POLTROCK TEAM! – Real Estate in the Mountains of Murphy
*Note* Out of all of the tens of thousands of permits issued, this issue has affected far less than 0.1% of property owners.