New bill could address growth, school issues in Baldwin County

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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — People are flocking to Baldwin County faster than houses can be built.

Along the Eastern Shore, Fairhope, Spanish Fort and Daphne are all seeing more than their share of new families moving in. Since 2010 that has translated into a 28 percent increase in population in Fairhope, 26 percent in Spanish Fort and a 20 percent increase in Daphne.

A bill sponsored by state Senator Chris Elliott would require developers to consider impacts to school capacity when planning their projects.  “Dial the school system in on what’s coming early on in the process so that they can better plan to make sure we have the capacity we need for the students that are inevitably going to come from the development.”

90 million dollars worth of new school construction currently underway in the county is struggling to keep pace with almost five thousand more people a year moving to Baldwin County.   “What this does is, let’s get ahead of this, let’s look at this beforehand so we can actually plan for the growth that is coming rather than react to it after the fact,” says Elliott.

Educators simply want to be kept in the loop when huge developments are in the planning stages to help grow smarter not just bigger.

The bill is local legislation pertaining only to Baldwin County.  Under the legislation, developers would be required to submit information to the School District:

a. A copy of the map or plat of the proposed development or subdivision.

b. The phases, units, and lots of the proposed development or subdivision.

c. The expected number of school-age children.

d. The specification and size of units or homes to be developed.–SB250 Text

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