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Appendix F Review Criteria for School District Capital Facility Plans

Required Plan Contents

1.Future Enrollment Forecasts by Grade Span, including:

-a 6-year forecast (or more) to support the financing program;

-a description of the forecasting methodology and justification for its consistency with OFM population forecasts used in the county's comprehensive plan.

2.Inventory of Existing Facilities, including:

-the location and capacity of existing schools;

-a description of educational standards and a clearly defined minimum level of service such as classroom size, school size, use of portables, etc.;

-the location and description of all district-owned or leased sites (if any) and properties;

-a description of support facilities, such as administrative centers, transportation and maintenance yards and facilities, etc.; and

-information on portables, including numbers, locations, remaining useful life (as appropriate to educational standards), etc.

3.Forecast of Future Facility Needs, including:

-identification of new schools and/or school additions needed to address existing deficiencies and to meet demands of projected growth over the next 6 years; and

-the number of additional portable classrooms needed.

4.Forecast of Future Site Needs, including:

-the number, size, and general location of needed new school sites.

5.Financing Program (6-year minimum Planning Horizon)

-estimated cost of specific construction and site acquisition and development projects proposed to address growth-related needs;

-projected schedule for completion of these projects; and

-proposed sources of funding, including impact fees (if proposed), local bond issues (both approved and proposed), and state matching funds.

6.Impact Fee Support Data (where applicable), including:

-an explanation of the calculation methodology, including description of key variables and their computation;

-definitions and sources of data for all inputs into the fee calculation, indicating that it:

a)is accurate and reliable and that any sample data is statistically valid;

b)accurately reflects projected costs in the 6-year financing program; and

-a proposed fee schedule that reflects expected student generation rates from, at minimum, the following residential unit types: single-family, multi-family/studio or 1-bedroom, and multi-family/2-bedroom or more.

Plan Performance Criteria

1.School facility plans must meet the basic requirements set down in RCW 36.70A (the Growth Management Act). Districts proposing to use impact fees as a part of their financing program must also meet the requirements of RCW 82.02.

2.Where proposed, impact fees must utilize a calculation methodology that meets the conditions and tests of RCW 82.02.

3.Enrollment forecasts should utilize established methods and should produce results which are not inconsistent with the OFM population forecasts used in the county comprehensive plan. Each plan should also demonstrate that it is consistent with the 20-year forecast in the land use element of the county's comprehensive plan.

4.The financing plan should separate projects and portions of projects which add capacity from those which do not, since the latter are generally not appropriate for impact fee funding. The financing plan and/or the impact fee calculation formula must also differentiate between projects or portions of projects which address existing deficiencies (ineligible for impact fees) and those which address future growth-related needs.

5.Plans should use best-available information from recognized sources, such as the U.S. Census or the Puget Sound Regional Council. District-generated data may be used if it is derived through statistically reliable methodologies.

6.Districts which propose the use of impact fees should identify in future plan updates alternative funding sources in the event that impact fees are not available due to action by the state, county or the cities within their district boundaries.

7.Repealed effective January 2, 2000.

Plan Review Procedures

1.District capital facility plan updates should be submitted to the County Planning and Development Services Department for review prior to formal adoption by the school district.

2.Each school district planning to expand its school capacity must submit to the county an updated capital facilities plan at least every 2 years. Proposed increases in impact fees must be submitted as part of an update to the capital facilities plan, and will be considered no more frequently than once a year.

3.Each school district will be responsible for conducting any required SEPA reviews on its capital facilities plan prior to its adoption, in accordance with state statutes and regulations.

4.School district capital facility plans and plan updates must be submitted no later than 180 calendar days prior to their desired effective date.

5.District plans and plan updates must include a resolution or motion from the district school board adopting the plan before it will become effective.

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