The committee assessing how well Howard County's schools and roads have kept pace with the county's growth will recommend only minor changes to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, concluding that the law has for the most part worked well over its seven-year life.
The panel, formed in April and composed of business executives, developers, school and county officials, PTA advocates and other residents, had been scheduled to submit its recommendations to Howard County Executive James N. Robey (D) on Monday.
But members had last-minute suggestions and questions over school capacity numbers at a Monday night meeting and delayed submitting their report until slight changes are made and approved.
An amended version of the report will be e-mailed to committee members soon and will be sent to Robey when approved. The panel's recommendations are not binding.
One suggestion to be included is a tighter limit on new residential development near crowded schools. Under current rules, developers cannot build homes when the area elementary school is filled to 120 percent of capacity. The committee wants that number lowered to 115 percent.
Also, the panel will propose a rule that in any region where collective elementary school enrollment is at more than 100 percent of capacity, no single school's enrollment boundaries should be permitted more than 300 new building units.
The committee also will suggest a tweak to roads rules: Companies developing land must now contribute money for improvements at intersections within one mile of that land if the intersections are likely to be burdened. The panel wants that distance increased to 1.5 miles.
At Monday's meeting, the group agreed to ask Robey to appoint a panel that would review the county Department of Education's school capacity numbers and help the community understand the process by which those numbers are derived.