Easement for septic field - ok or avoid?
I've loved browsing this forum for the past year as hubby and I gear up to build our dream home (hopefully end of next year or early 2014) and immediately thought I could get some helpful perspectives regarding our situation. We bought a nearly 7 acre lot about two years ago, and we're in the process of having a septic system/field designed/installed. Our terrain is very steep, with heavy clay soils on the top part of our property, where the building envelope is located, and sandy/loamy soil is located at the bottom corner of our property, so that's where the septic field will be located. Soil logs done - fabulous sandy soil - whoo hoo! ;-)
Here's our quandary - we are debating whether to do a boundary line adjustment with the lot next to ours. It hasn't been sold yet and the bank that owns the lot is willing to work with us to do a BLA basically for the cost of the surveying and any filing fees with the county. The reason for the adjustment would be to gain some extra buffer between our building envelope and the building envelope next door - we would have the option to plant extra trees/shrubs between us and any future home next door. (Instead of the current 50 foot buffer we would have 100 feet for a nice green belt.) However county rules require that the boundary line adjustment result in each lot remaining at their current size, so if we gain the upper corner of the lot next door for a buffer, we need to give them an equal adjoining portion of our property. We've played with a couple of different options, one of which would place our septic field onto the other lot. We were told by the surveying company that it is not uncommon to have easements which allow a septic field to be on a neighboring property. (Due to the steepness of the terrain, the chances of finding a different location on our property that will work for a septic field is pretty slim.) The big question - is a septic field easement a good idea or a potential source of trouble down the road? Your opinions/advice are much appreciated!