Senate Bill 186
152nd General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 9, 14, AND 22 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
This Act enables Sussex County to use the Voluntary School Assessment (VSA) to address the impact of residential development on school capacity. The following is a summary of the Act’s 3 sections: Section 1 of the Act amends Chapter 69 of Title 9 of the Delaware code pertaining to zoning in Sussex County. It amends § 6961 of Title 9 to add a new subsection (d) that enables Sussex County to require residential developers to provide a certification from the Secretary of the Department of Education concerning school capacity prior to recording a major record subdivision plan; however, no certification is required where the proposed development is (i) restricted to providing housing predominantly for individuals 55 years of age or older; (ii) for low income housing; or (iii) the developer has pledged to pay a VSA. Section 1 also amends § 6961 to provide that to the extent Sussex County has adopted or adopts any regulations linking or restricting residential developments to school capacity, such regulations are preempted. Section 2 of the Act amends § 842 of Title 22 of the Delaware code, pertaining to school capacity for municipal corporations, to remove specific references to New Castle County. It also revises § 842 to provide that subsection (b) applies to all new residential subdivision plans over 5 units in size for lands located within or annexed into a municipality on or after July 1, 1992; previously, subsection (b) only applied to such lands annexed into a municipality after July 1, 1992. Section 3 of the Act amends § 103 of Title 14 of the Delaware code to conform with the changes to the code contained in Section 1 of this Act, to provide that in calculating the VSA, the average cost per child shall take into account offsite roadway improvements required by the state transportation department, and to remove a specific reference to New Castle County.