Real Estate & Environmental Planning

About Real Estate & Environmental Planning

Real Estate and Environmental Planning is the depository for all original School Board Real Estate records. The Real Estate and Environmental Planning staff is responsible for coordinating and obtaining School Board approval for all facility lease agreements with local municipalities for joint use of recreational areas on and off-campus; reciprocal use of facilities; construction and/or lease and funding; interlocal agreements; commercial leases for off-campus vocational; technical and adult education classes, community schools, administrative and ancillary sites, special events, pool leases and graduation license agreements.

The Real Estate and Environmental Planning staff provides support services to assist other departments in finding locations, negotiating agreements and assuring that prospective leased spaces are code compliant, meet the needs of the programs slated for the leased space, and meet ADA requirements.

The Real Estate and Environmental Planning staff is responsible for locating land for new schools, as necessary for the acquisition of buildings, the disposition of School Board declared surplus real property, site expansions and ancillary facilities; obtains boundary surveys, environmental site assessments, geotechnical reports, appraisals, traffic studies and other due-diligence reports; provides technical data and real estate availability information; coordinates with local municipalities to ensure that the land use of desired school sites are consistent with the local municipality's comprehensive plan; negotiates sales price and assists in the preparation of Sales and Purchase Agreements for presentation to the School Board for approval. As necessary, obtains local approval for rezoning prior to closing; coordinates environmental permitting; obtain local and county approvals on platting issues, coordinates county development management agreements and obtains School Board approval.

The Real Estate and Environmental Planning staff also provides support to project managers during construction and post construction of school and ancillary facility projects in preparing and processing utility agreements and easements.

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