In Harford County, Maryland, an ordinance has been approved that would strictly limit the development of new homes in areas with overcrowded schools.
"The County Council unanimously passed a measure last week that strengthens the adequate public facilities law, which limits home construction where infrastructure is burdened. The momentum for the legislation comes largely in response to parents concerned with crowded classrooms."
"Under the former law, home building could proceed in an area with crowded schools if a new school was in the planning stages. The new ordinance requires a new school to be funded and under construction before a site plan for nearby residential development can be approved."
"'At least this bill begins to define the law for planners,' said Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti. 'But all the pieces have to come together. We can't just look at schools. We must look at community.'"