In September 2005, the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced Lake County, along with Hillsborough, Indian River, Sarasota, St. Johns and Walton counties, would be pilot communities for the state’s new school concurrency initiative.
The school concurrency initiative is a result of Senate Bill 360. Signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush on June 24, the bill overhauls the state’s growth management laws. Commonly referred to as “pay-as-you-grow” plan, the bill dedicates new funding and creates policies that help to ensure school needs of communities are met.
The scope of work for the pilot program includes the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County School Board jointly coordinating with the 14 municipalities of Lake County to develop an updated public schools interlocal agreement, an educational facility element in the Lake County Comprehensive Plan, and amendments to the comprehensive plan’s capital improvement element incorporating public school capital facilities program.