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    Default An acre of land

    If I am correct an acre is 208'x208'

    When you buy an acre think about how and where you put your well and septic in accordance with your neighbor.

    And remember that the res. well and septic tank have to be 100' apart, and that your well has to be 200' from a commerical septic, visa versa. ( this does not include the leach field)

    Also your heating fuel tank has to be ( above ground has to be 15 feet away from your well, below ground 25' )

    The reason I bring this up this is that if you buy 1/2 arce you need to figure out all the aspects.

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    If you could find a perfect square acre, it would be 208.71' by 208.71' but good luck with that. I believe the more common layout you'll find is going to be roughly 145' by 300' or similar rectangular tracts. Such layouts give you plenty of room to put the wells along the front end of the properties (when they are laid out side-by-side down a street) and then put all the septics along the back half of the properties. This avoids neighboring properties from interferring with each other when they try to get the right offset on the confines of their own property. When you put either well or septic closer to the edge of the land, it affects or is affected by the neighbor.

    Due to the spacing issues, I didn't think you could find sub-acre property in the state outside of urban water and sewer areas. Half acre lots will not allow 3 or more neighboring properties to install both well and septic on each lot, thereby violating the DEC rules. Thus a remote lot must be at least 1-acre in size. Not sure if this is a law or just a state DEC guideline or what.
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    The minimum lot sizes allowed in a given subdivision are determined by the civil engineering authorities based on several factors one of which is the perculation characteristics of the soils benieth the properties at various intervals.

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    In this small town of Delta they do not have central water and they do sell off these small pieces of land, and it is always causing a problem.

    Even some of the 2 arce tracts that people buy, they don't get with there neighbors to get in sink with the whole septic/ well guidelines.

    Major problems when it comes time to sell, and it's not being hateful, its just that they don't know what the rules are.

    Unless you have done this most of your life, or at least have some knowledge of it , Happy Homer, the do it himself guy who works in an office and has no clue could screw up your whole layout without knowing it, especially if he puts up a shop for a bussiness.

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