first_imgPEARBLOSSOM – Keppel Union School District trustees are considering different ways to get a school built for children in a proposed 800-home development including having the developer build the school for the district. “Our intention was to give the board information on the different options of building a school,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Doyle said. “There are choices. One choice is a developer-built school where the developer builds the school as opposed to (the district) designing, bidding and building a school. There are pros and cons to either way.” The trustees held a study session last week with their attorneys and architects on the proposed 540-acre College Park project and how the school would be built. The school would be located on land within the development, house about 450 children and contain grades kindergarten through eight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The College Park project, which would include a Palmdale campus for Antelope Valley College, falls within Keppel’s boundaries, though it is inside Palmdale city limits. Originally proposed more than 10 years ago and approved by city officials in 1999, the College Park project appears to be moving forward after its acquisition by developer DR Horton, the nation’s largest home builder. The project is planned among rolling, brush-covered hills south of Barrel Springs Road, west of the Littlerock Dam. The college campus will be on nearly 70 acres of foothill land along 37th Street East. The project includes home lots ranging from 5,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, an 18-hole golf course and a retail area. Keppel also has discussed forming a special tax district to help pay for the construction of the school if the developer is agreeable. Both sides have met to discuss financing and where the school should be located. Mello-Roos tax districts allow developers to pass on to homeowners school-building fees rather than pay them before houses are built. Keppel currently charges a developer fee of $1.64 per square foot for residential development. The special tax districts are allowed to be formed under the Mello-Roos Act of 1982, named after two state legislators who wrote the law. It became law after 1978’s Proposition 13 capped property tax rates for Californians and diminished the ability of cities and districts to fund new roads, schools and infrastructure needed to support development. Developers are required to disclose the tax to homebuyers, who sign a form indicating they were informed of the tax. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more