School Concurrency

School concurrency provides coordinated planning among local government entities and the school district to ensure that school capacity keeps pace with residential development.

Polk County’s accelerated growth has led to a growing demand for school facilities. The implementation of public school concurrency will result in a cooperative and financially feasible process, permitting the Polk County School Board to address existing school crowding and provide adequate capacity for projected new growth.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Concurrency

What is public school concurrency?

School Concurrency provides coordinated planning between the school district and local government agencies to ensure that school capacity is available at the time of impact of residential development.

How will the public be informed about concurrency?

Polk County’s local governments and the School Board hold public workshops on growth management issues related to schools. Check back for upcoming dates.

Why is public school concurrency necessary?

Polk County’s accelerated growth has led to a growing demand for school facilities.The implementation of public school concurrency will result in a cooperative and financially feasible process permitting the School Board to address existing school crowding and to provide adequate capacity for projected new growth.

How will school concurrency be implemented?

In order to implement school concurrency countywide, three steps must be taken:

  1. The first step is to have all participating entities enter into an interlocal agreement, which would be with the county and the 17 local goverments.
  2. The second step requires the county and the 17 participating local governments to have consistent Comprehensive Plan amendments.
  3. The third step is to incorporate the Comprehensive Plan amendments into the land development code of each participating local government.
    The interlocal agreement indicates this step must be in place 90 days after the last municipal amendment becomes effective.

When will school concurrency be in effect?

School concurrency has been in effect since March 2008.

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