Adequate Public Facilities
In 2007, the City Council adopted an Adequate Public Facilities ordinance whose purpose is to assure that the impact on public facilities is assessed in conjunction with proposed development. The Adequate Public Facilities ordinance is codified as Title 22 of the City Code. In 2016, the City Council added an additional Adequate Public Facilities chapter for schools.
The purposes of testing for and certification of Adequate Public Facilities are to:
- Assure that development and redevelopment occurs in concert with the Capital Improvement Program and will enable the City to provide adequate public facilities in a timely manner and achieve the growth objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Assure that proposed development protects the public health and safety, promotes the general welfare of the community, and conserves the environment.
- Assure that proposed development fits harmoniously into the fabric of the community.
- Encourage new development to occur in areas of the City where public facilities are being provided.
- Require new, additional, or upgrades to existing facilities that are necessary to address the impact on public facilities from proposed development when the existing or planned public facilities will not provide or maintain an adequate level of service.
- Does my project require an Adequate Public Facilities Certificate?
- Is it possible to apply for a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities prior to submitting for other development approvals?
- How long does it take to obtain a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities?
- What information and plans are necessary to obtain an Adequate Public Facilities Certificate?
- My building and/or development will be fully sprinklered. Does it meet the fire department portion of the APFO?
- I'm adding a second floor to my existing commercial building. Do I have to meet the fire department portion of the APFO?
- What are non-auto transportation alternatives anyway and why should we provide facilities for them?
- What types of facilities should developers be prepared to provide to fulfill this requirement?
The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for administering the application process for a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities, with support from each director or department responsible for the applicable facilities. An application for a Certificate of Adequate Public Facilities is made in conjunction with an application for site design review and approval of a Major Site Design Plan or Planned Development.