Seminole County to Consider Resolution on Vested Rights Applications for School Impact Fees


Earlier this month, the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners (“County”) passed an ordinance increasing school impact fees, which is set to go into effect on April 10, 2018. The ordinance provides that, before the effective date, the County may enter into written vested rights agreements with property owners in unincorporated areas of the County. Those agreements, in turn, will permit a property owner to pay only the former, lower school impact fee rates rather than the new, higher rates.

Currently, the County’s application, timeline, process, and review criteria for entering into a vested rights agreement are unclear under the existing resolution. Thus, tomorrow, January 23, 2018, the County will consider the adoption of Administrative Code Policy 30.30 which outlines the requirements for securing a vested rights agreement. The County will also consider passing Administrative Code Policy 20.21, which would establish a $500 fee for filing an application for a vested rights determination.

The resolution will be presented as a discussion agenda item at tomorrow’s Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. The proposed resolution can be found here.

If you have any questions about how the new ordinances may affect your business, please contact any member of the firm’s Land Use, Zoning, and Environmental Group.

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