For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the indicated meanings:
A. “Capacity” means the number of students the district’s facilities can accommodate district-wide, based on the district’s standard of service, as determined by the district.
B. “Capital facilities plan” means the district’s facilities plan adopted by the school board consisting of:
1. A forecast of future needs for school facilities based on the district’s enrollment projections;
2. An identification of additional demands placed on existing public facilities by new development;
3. The long-range construction and capital improvement projects of the district;
4. The schools under construction or expansion;
5. The proposed locations and capacities of expanded or new school facilities;
6. An inventory of existing school facilities, including permanent, transitional and relocatable facilities;
7. At least a six-year financing component, updated as necessary to maintain at least a six-year forecast period, for financing needed for school facilities within projected funding levels, and identifying sources of financing for such purposes, including bond issues authorized by the voters;
8. An identification of deficiencies in school facilities serving the student populations and the means by which existing deficiencies will be eliminated within a reasonable period of time; and
9. Any other long-range projects planned by the district.
C. “Capital improvement” means land, improvements to land, structures and relocatable structures (including site planning, acquisition, design, permitting and construction), initial furnishings and selected equipment. Capital improvements have an expected useful life of at least 10 years. Other capital costs, such as motor vehicles and motorized equipment, computers and office equipment, office furnishings, and small tools are considered to be minor capital expenses and are not considered capital improvements.
D. “City” means the city of Auburn.
E. “Classrooms” means educational facilities of the district required to house students for its basic educational program. The classrooms are those facilities the district determines are necessary to best serve its student population. Specialized facilities as identified by the district, including but not limited to gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries, administrative offices, and child care centers, shall not be counted as classrooms.
F. “Construction cost per student” means the estimated cost of construction of a permanent school facility in the district for the grade span of school to be provided, as a function of the district’s design standard per grade span.
G. “Design standard” means the space required, by grade span and taking into account the requirements of students with special needs, that is needed in order to fulfill the educational goals of the district as identified in the district’s capital facilities plan.
H. “Developer” means the person or entity who owns or holds purchase options or other development control over property for which development activity is proposed.
I. “Development activity” means any residential construction, including the placement of a mobile home, or expansion of a building, structure or use, any change in use of a building or structure, or any change in the use of land that creates additional demand for school facilities.
J. “District” means the Auburn, Kent, Federal Way, or Dieringer School District or successor entities.
K. “Elderly” means a person aged 55 or older.
L. “Encumbered” means to reserve, set aside, or otherwise earmark the impact fees to pay for commitments, contractual obligations, or other liabilities incurred for public facilities as set out in the adopted capital facilities plan.
M. “Grade span” means the categories into which the district groups its grade of students; e.g., elementary, middle or junior high school, and high school.
N. “Impact fee” means a payment of money imposed upon development as a condition of development approval to pay for school facilities needed to serve new growth and development that is reasonably related to the new development that creates additional demand and need for public facilities, that is a proportionate share of the cost of the school facilities, and that is used for such facilities that reasonably benefit the new development. “Impact fee” does not include a reasonable permit or application fee.
O. “Impact fee schedule” means the impact fees to be charged per dwelling unit of development that shall be paid as a condition of residential development within the city.
P. “Interlocal agreement” means the agreement between the district and the city governing the operation of the school impact fee program and describing the relationship, duties and liabilities of the parties.
Q. “Net fee obligation” means the maximum impact fee obligation that may be assessed as determined in the school district capital facilities plan. The net fee obligation is based on a formula that takes into consideration factors such as site acquisition costs, permanent and temporary facilities construction costs, state match credits, tax credits, developer-provided facility credits (if applicable) and a local share discount factor.
R. “Permanent facilities” means facilities of the district with a fixed foundation which are not relocatable facilities.
S. “Relocatable facilities” means any structure, transportable in one or more sections, that is intended to be used as an education space to meet the needs of service areas within the district, to provide specialized facilities, or to cover the gap between the time that families move into new residential developments and the date that construction is completed on permanent school facilities.
T. “Relocatable facilities cost per student” means the estimated cost of purchasing and siting a relocatable facility in the district for the grade span of the school to be provided as a function of the district’s design standard per grade span.
U. “Site cost per student” means the estimated cost of a site in the district for the grade span of the school to be provided as a function of the district’s design standards per grade span.
V. “Standard of service” means the standard adopted by the district which identifies the program year, the class size by grade span and taking into account the requirement of students with special needs, the number of classrooms, the types of facilities the district believes will best serve its student population, and other factors as identified by the district. The district’s standard of service shall not be adjusted for any portion of the classrooms housed in relocatable facilities which are used as transitional facilities or any other specialized facilities housed in relocatable facilities.
W. “Student factor” means the number derived by the district to describe how many students of each grade span are expected to be generated by a dwelling unit. Student factors shall be based on district records of average actual student-generated rates for comparable developments constructed over a period of not more than five years prior to the date of the fee calculation; provided, that if such information is not available in the district, data from adjacent districts, or districts with similar demographics or county-wide averages may be used. Student factors must be updated on an annual basis and separately determined for single-family and multifamily dwelling units and for grade spans.
X. “Transitional facilities” means those school facilities that are being used pending the construction of permanent facilities; provided, that the necessary financial commitments are in place to construct the permanent facilities. (Ord. 6341 § 2, 2011; Ord. 5950 § 1, 2005; Ord. 5078 § 1, 1998.)