Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO)
Housing development must be in compliance with the County General Plan and adhere to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO). The APFO was originally enacted in 1992, and was supposed to ensure that development would not outpace County services. Under current APFO, fire and emergency service availability, and high school capacity, are not considered, and elementary or middle schools have to be at 115% of capacity before a four-year building moratorium is imposed. The normal development process usually takes three years, so in effect our current law only gives the County an extra year of breathing room. The County needs more time to catch up with development. Fire and rescue availability, and high school capacity, need to considered; and any moratorium needs to kick in at 100%, not 115%, of capacity.