Planning and Governmental Relations
This is a multidisciplinary department with long- and short-range planning responsibilities that are enabled by Chapters 163 and 1013, F.S. – See Ch. 163.3177, 163.31777, 163.3180(13) and 1013.33 of the Florida Statutes.
Long-range planning responsibilities include:
- Planning for the district’s educational plant and support facility needs, and facilitating real estate transactions to acquire or dispose of real property.
- Coordinating Technical Working Group meetings and planning efforts as described in the School Planning and Concurrency Interlocal Agreement.
- Reviewing and providing comments on Future Land Use Map amendments to Local Government Comprehensive Plans.
- Analyzing enrollment and residential development growth trends and identifying potential locations for new school sites.
- Providing staff analysis and support to the Public School Advisory Committee regarding attributes of potential new school sites.
Short-range, or current, planning responsibilities are:
- Implementing school concurrency by coordinating with local governments on school capacity impacts attributable to residential development.
- Interacting with the development community regarding school concurrency specifics and analyzing total student impact and timing of proposed residential projects.
- Reviewing residential development proposals for school capacity availability and providing letters regarding capacity availability/deficiency.
- Attending Local Government site plan review or development review committee meetings to monitor student impacts attributable to proposed residential site plans and subdivision plats.
Marion District School Concurrency Specifics
Per the Marion County Second Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement for Public School Facility Planning and School Concurrency(ILA):
- School concurrency is being implemented on a district-wide basis until August 2011. In August 2011, school concurrency will be implemented on a “less than district wide” basis.
- The adopted Level of Service Standards are based on Permanent Capacity, and are 105% for Elementary, 105% for Middle and 100% for High School.
Applying for School Concurrency Review
Local Governments will coordinate School Concurrency Application intake and will refer applicants with development proposals to the Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) Planning & Governmental Relations Manager. MCPS Planning will conduct capacity determination reviews and communicate with local governments and applicants.