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Proposal calls for developers to pay per pupil in some cases

July 30, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Proposed changes to a Washington County ordinance might call on developers to help pay for additional classrooms, depending on whether a particular school has enough room to accommodate students that may result from a residential development, Planning Director Robert Arch said Tuesday.

The proposed changes to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance are aimed at including students from proposed developments, from approved developments that have not been built and from potential students that would result from the resale of existing housing when determining whether a school has the space to hold additional students.

The current ordinance only takes into account the existing student population compared to the school's capacity when determining whether a school has adequate space for more students, Arch said.

Arch presented the proposed changes to the Washington County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday.

Under the proposal, a developer would under some circumstances have to pay based on a per-student basis for classroom space construction costs, in order to proceed through a development review and approval process to receive building permits.

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Arch said, for example, if a proposed 100-unit development would result in 16 elementary students at a cost of $5,000 per pupil, a developer would have to pay $80,000 or $800 per household. A similar calculation would be used for middle and high schools, he said.

Arch said it's possible the cost per pupil could be higher than $5,000.

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