The Florida Home Builders Association has a bill home buyers will like a lot -- until five or 10 years from now, when they'll probably have to spend thousands to hook to sewer lines. The bill, waiting for a vote in the Florida House, would stop the Department of Community Affairs from reviewing plans for new communities that are built on septic systems.
This would be a boon to developers, who dislike spending the money on sanitary pipes, and will almost certainly increase sprawl, since DCA previously has favored development plans that connect with existing sewer lines. Without DCA's review, houses could pop up far away from established municipalities. And the bill works against the environment, says Charles Pattison, executive director of 1000 Friends of Florida. "There may be potentially ... lower costs for home owners with a septic tank, but there are higher costs for the community as a whole," he says. Similar bills have been laughed out of the Legislature in the past.