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Councilman Marks introduces bill to look at Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will introduce legislation to update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, the statute designed to govern development in school districts.

The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Councilmembers Izzy Patoka and Wade Kach, would establish a task force to look at changes to the APFO.

The task force would include representatives from the Board of Education, Baltimore County Planning Department, League of Women Voters, the homebuilders industry, and the unions that represent teachers and administrative personnel.

The legislation requires the task force to develop an accurate projection of new development; compare Baltimore County with other jurisdictions; and make recommendations that may become law.

“It’s time to review this ordinance so we can finally address this issue of school overcrowding,” said Councilman Marks. “Development plays a major role, and schools should be sequenced to address growth.”

The legislation will be voted on in August, with a report due by the end of the year.

All Councilmembers are sponsoring the resolution.

The bill can be viewed below.

Draft Resolution – APFO Workgroup

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