County may require developers to provide water supply for firefighters
Published 12:00 am Friday, January 12, 2007
By Jessie Burchette
As developers rush to gobble up rural land across the county, fire
departments and county planners are working on ways to assure they’ll have
water to fight a fire at any of these new subdivisions.
Later this month, the Rowan County Planning Board will consider an ordinance
requiring developers in rural areas to provide a replenishable water supply
for fire protection.
Under the proposal, the county will require that new residential
subdivisions be within one road mile of a water source.
If there is no water source within a mile, the developer will be required
to provide a source, whether a pond, tank or other option.
In some cases, fire departments could share in the costs.
The proposed ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind in the state.
See complete details in Saturday’s Salisbury Post.