Howard County Councilmember David Yungmann provided a post on social media on February 4th as to why he decided to move to table CB1-2020 (AN ACT altering the number of consecutive years a project or phase of a project must be retested if a project fails one or more components of the school capacity test of the Adequate Public Facilities Act of Howard County):

Last night I moved to table CB-1, the bill to increase the length of time a new residential project needs to remain on hold if one of the schools servicing the project exceeds the utilization rate set forth in APFO (referred to as a closed school). “Tabling” means that we will consider the bill for another month during which we will hold additional work session(s) before voting on the bill. We had a mere one hour of group discussion with each other in a work session with HCPSS, BOE and DPZ. Many questions remain and it’s more than reasonable for us to spend more time evaluating this policy change.

Many people new to this discussion may be unaware that major adjustments to APFO, which changes would have prevented most of the overcrowding we have experienced over the past several years, took effect just 7 months ago. In 2019 our County Council also approved a 550% increase in the fee charged on new residential construction, which funds are used to add school capacity. The results of these and other policy changes are an 80%-95% decline in two leading indicators of future construction activity. If slowing or stopping residential development is an important for you, your advocacy has generated some significant positive results. As with most things in life though, that good news comes with offsetting consequences.

Neither the Council nor other government agencies can concede to some “do it now or else” approach without trying to balance all competing and interconnected priorities. We must now evaluate ways to fine tune APFO, deal with the consequences of what has already occurred, and try our best not to create new problems or make existing problems worse. I encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the issue in depth and see how we approach these challenges to attend or tune into our next work session, which will be open to the public, streamed online and on TV.

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Here is the motion and vote in case you missed it on Monday:

CB 1-2020 will be interesting to watch how it all plays out. There are already three amendments to the original legislation and it will will not surprise me if more amendments come forward over the next month as they continue to discuss this legislation.

I have noted in the past…it is a difficult to balance the need for new funding (which our county needs) and trying to do the right thing with development (or over-development) in the county.

Stay tuned….I expect a lot more to be said about this legislation over the next month.

Scott E

2 COMMENTS

  1. I am disappointed that my representative, Yungmann. also a real estate agent, proposes tabling
    CB 1-2020. The new elementary school in my neighborhood has also been tabled for a few years. What has not been tabled are the rapidly-growing, and large scale-housing developments that are going up around the still empty school lot. I do not see how this as difficult to balance, unless you think the busing of 5,000+ kids to manage overcrowding is a great way to run a school system. Mr. Yungmann, please vote in ways that put kids and schools first in Howard County. Pam Foster

  2. Looking at the pace of this legislation and the legislation or was it resolution when it came to FARMS in the current redistricting 2020-2021 school year, one cant keep a straight face when comparing the two. These guys must think we are blind or are they so complacent that they dont really care the vote are safe.

    On one hand, you had the redistricting joke announced, slipped in and made policy in a 1 yr lightning speed. Full stakeholder be damned. You would think this is a containment plan for a pandemic virus about to hit HOCO.
    Then on the other hand, you have the usual slow, plodding and half-hearted legislation process to instill the flip side of this overcrowding cause. Somehow we are oh so worried about getting ALL stakeholders involved… current taxpayers be damned, we gotta make sure all the big developers and fake housing councils, CE think tanks and private investors get their 2 cents, Howard hughes and their 3rd quarter financial results must not be affected or else there will be little donation money to the politicians…latest is that the guy is actually a realtor. With the NAR so deep in with campaign money one should not trust a thing these guys claim to do. They are in bed with the very developers causing this mess and using taxpayers as leverage.

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