16.10.070 – Requirements for school site dedication

A. Calculation of Requirement

The estimated ultimate student population for grades K through 12 of the proposed subdivision shall bear directly on the amount of land required to be dedicated for school sites. The minimum requirement shall be .025 acres of land per elementary student, .0389 acres of land per middle school student, and .072 acres of land per high school student in accordance with the standards hereinafter set forth.

B. School Site Size and Location Standards

Type of School Site

Maximum Students per School Site

Minimum Acres/Site

Elementary K-5


15 acres

Middle School


35 acres

High School


108 acres

The location and shape of the school land to be dedicated shall be subject to the approval of the City Council as part of the Preliminary Plat. Prior to City Council approval of the Preliminary Plat, the City shall have received a letter from the School District board of education approving the location and acreage of any school land to be dedicated. The suitability of land to be dedicated for school sites shall be evaluated by the Plan Commission and City Council according to the following standards:

  1. The site should be essentially regular in shape, to allow the proper design of the school building, playgrounds, and parking areas.
  2. The site should not be located on a major road when such a location would present a traffic hazard to school children.
  3. The site should not include storm water retention or detention facilities except those provided to serve the school site and shall not be subject to frequent flooding.
  4. The site should have suitable soil and topographic conditions for the construction of a school building, parking lot, and other necessary facilities.
  5. The site should be located in the approximate center of the residential area to be served wherever possible.
(2018-M-29: § 2)