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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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15 acres....

So I have potentially located some property for sale in the area I have been looking. It is 15.2 acres that lays with the Bennett Branch creek running through it. The road side is accessible by a 100ft ROW, and the side across the stream is not accessible by car. The backside boarders state forest. The property is very long and narrow with the widest portion being about 100 -150 feet in depth to the creek. They are asking 2000 an acre and the township will not call me back. I am nervous to jump on this opportunity without knowing more information due to the property being in the flood plain. What are my building restrictions, sewage, water, etc.

The price would limit me to being able to secure the property, and then having to wait some time before a camp was built. I would consider maybe electric and camper now for be able to have something there to be able to use it.

What’s your guys thoughts? I apologize for the limited info on location, but I don’t want to get too much info out there and have it bought out from underneath me..
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 09:09 PM
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keep on the twp. until you get an answer , then you can proceed from there. then you can take your time on deciding on your build or something temporary . good luck on your decision
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The township should have a map that shows the flood plain distances from the creek. I live in a flood plain and it used to be only 50 ft from the creek bank to build, with the new FEMA flood plain rules a few years ago the flood plain is probably 150 ft from the creek now. My neighbor wanted to build a house on his vacant lot, he was required to get an engineer who told him the house would have to be elevated 5 ft above the flood plain. After living along a creek in a flood plain for 30 years, I would never buy near a creek again. That beautiful tranquil stream can turn into a roaring monster in a couple hours. Hurricane Ivan I lost over $15,000 worth of property in my basement and have flooded several more times over the years. We just learned to not keep much of any value in the basement.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 09:22 PM
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Whose your neighbors? I bought 16 acres and a guy bought a 10 acre lot beside me and is going to build close to the property line taking out my best spot because of the safety zone.
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If you build you need to be a minimum of 50 feet from stream. If it,s in flood plane youíll have a rough time getting a loan. Any right a way on the property canít be built on either.

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Building in a flood plane is a nightmare. Just look at that area last week 3 inches of rain in a short period can wipe away everything you put in.. Run like your butt is on fire..
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 08:11 AM
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here's a link to FEMA's Flood Map Center


https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search
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If you still have trouble with the Township, if they have have a website, look for the the Zoning Officer or the Codes Enforcement Officer or the Township Engineer. A lot of the smaller/less populated townships will have a firm that deals with the zoning and/or the codes enforcement.

If that doesn't work out, try the County Planning Office. They may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 09:11 AM
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So did you buy it or move on?
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 09:31 AM
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You had better check what they want for insurance for the property. If it is in a flood plane you will be paying ba lot more than you want to put a house ot trailer.
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