Chapter 18A.43
SITING RURAL SCHOOLS

Sections:

18A.43.010    Purpose.

18A.43.020    Location Standards.

18A.43.010 Purpose.

The intent of this Chapter is to establish regulations to allow new or expansion of primary and secondary educational facilities (Kindergarten through twelfth grades) in rural areas only when the facilities are developed to primarily serve rural student populations or provide rural dependent educational activities. (Ord. 2016-34s § 3 (part), 2016; Ord. 2016-33 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2015-86 § 1 (part), 2015; Ord. 2015-40 § 4 (part), 2015)

18A.43.020 Location Standards.

Educational facilities (not exempted by PCC 18A.05.025 C.) may be allowed through Chapter 18A.17 PCC, Use Category and Use Type Tables, in the rural area through a Conditional Use Permit under the following conditions:

A.    Demonstration that the following conditions exist:

1.    A new educational facility is necessary to primarily serve the district’s projected rural student population; or

2.    Expansion of an existing school or site is necessary to primarily serve the district's projected rural student population. Expansion means the enlargement of a school site or the construction of improvements which are necessary to increase student enrollment capacity; or

3.    The proposed education facilities are necessary to enhance a specific rural curriculum or to provide opportunities for rural dependent educational activities including, but not limited to, forestry, agriculture and marine biology.

B.    If an applicant provides evidence that conditions as described in PCC 18A.43.020 A.1. through A.3 exist, a new school or an expansion of an existing school or school site may be permitted in the rural area through a Conditional Use Permit subject to the following standards:

1.    The location of the proposed facility meets Comprehensive Plan policies addressing schools outside of the urban growth area;

2.    The applicant has demonstrated that the proposed facility is harmonious with the existing rural character of the area; and

3.    The applicant has provided documentation concluding the identified needs cannot be met within an incorporated area or an urban growth area. This documentation shall include the following:

a.    An inventory of developable land within the attendance boundary of the educational facility;

b.    Rural student population projections;

c.    School district facility capacity and needs analysis;

d.    Evidence that demonstrates that land suitable to site a school or education facility is unavailable within an incorporated area or an urban growth area or that the available property or property location does not serve the identified need. Documentation of "need" shall include:

(1)    Rural student population forecasts;

(2)    Educational program requirements;

(3)    Transportation Plan needs and local transportation network;

(4)    The attendance boundary for the proposed school facility.

(Ord. 2016-34s § 3 (part), 2016; Ord. 2016-33 § 1 (part), 2016; Ord. 2015-86 § 1 (part), 2015; Ord. 2015-40 § 4 (part), 2015)