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A break for homeowners

By Diana McFarland

News editor

For five months, Isle of Wight County has been publicly silent about a change that provides thousands of dollars of savings for residents wanting to put in a pool or addition to their house.

The change to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act that became effective July 1 means residents no longer have to install BMPs, berms, swales, rain gardens or other stormwater fixes when making additions of less than 2,500 square feet on single family lots.

Many county residents who have contemplated, or actually made, an addition to their property, are probably familiar with the 16 percent impervious cover requirement — which also formed the basis of the county’s stormwater and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ordinance.

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