Met with Kevin the civil engineer this morning. The plan was to wait on the state for approval of an alternative septic system to be used as the reserve in the event of the primary septic system failing. This was supposed to happen in September. Now it is December but the word came out as a definitive "it will be done." by then. Lots of pressure from the real estate/construction industry here. So the bad news is we are still in wait mode.
The good news is a couple of hundred more square feet will become available for building the house. Without that extra square footage, the project is not fiscally responsible.
The other good news is that the 'shop' will now also be bigger as it is in the basement. I will be looking for a fork lift mast to re-purpose into an elevator.
By the weekend I am supposed to have a new drawing showing the amount and location of buildable square footage. With that in hand, I can also start on the plans.
So, more good news than bad news!