They can't cut the cost of lumber, wiring, plumbing, or a roof.
But Fulton Township's supervisors are working on a plan to reduce the amount people pay before they build.
Early next month, they will revise the township's storm water management ordinance.
"People will still have to do a stormwater management plan [for projects larger than 1,000 square feet]," said Mike Church, chairman of the township's board of supervisors. But under the revisions to the ordinance, in many instances they can have the plan drawn up by an excavator rather than an engineer. That can cut the cost of a stormwater plan by $5,000 to $8,000, Church said, if the plan does not have to be stamped as approved by a certified engineer.
The state requires a stormwater plan for construction of a building of 1,000 square feet or more. But it's up to the township to determine who can draw up the stormwater plan for buildings between 1,000 and 5,000 square feet.
"A 14x70 mobile home is less than 1,000 square feet and that size is exempt from the stormwater management plan requirement. But a big garage can go over that size," he said.
The township's original ordinance requires such plans to be drawn up by an engineer for any building over 1,000 square feet. The revised law will allow an excavator or other qualified person to draw up stormwater plans for buildings up to the state maximum of 5,000 square feet.
The township's zoning officer will have sample plans available, including construction of a swale to control water runoff, a rain garden, or a retention ditch.
"We will take public input at our October 3 meeting and we expect to enact the changes that night," Church said. The revised law will take effect five days later.