School Facility Planning

  • Site Selection Studies
  • Enrollment Projections and Master Plans
  • School Site Approval Documents and Processing Assistance
  • Development Fee Justification Studies and Needs Analyses
  • Local Planning Agency Coordination and Development Response Letters

Odell Planning & Research, Inc. has been involved in the site selection process for most of the schools constructed in the Clovis, Fresno, Central, Sanger and Kings Canyon Unified School Districts during the past 30 years. These include the Buchanan, Reagan, and Clovis North Educational Centers in Clovis Unified; Sunnyside High School and Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School in Fresno Unified; the Koligian Educational Center in Central Unified; Sanger High School in Sanger Unified; as well as over 40 elementary and middle schools in these and other districts. For a substantial number of these schools, we have coordinated the state site approval process to obtain approval from the California Department of Education (CDE).

We have also prepared site selection studies for State Center Community College District including the Clovis Community College Center, the planned Southeast Community College Center in southeast Fresno, and the Madera Community College Center, located southeast of the City of Madera.

Odell Planning & Research, Inc. has substantial experience preparing enrollment projections for school districts in concert with evaluating city and county growth and development plans and the need for new school facilities. Our firm has prepared enrollment projections and/or facility needs studies for various districts, including most recently the Clovis, Fresno, Kerman, Sanger and Kings Canyon Unified School Districts. We played an important role in the preparation of school facilities master plans for the Kerman, Sanger and Kings Canyon Unified School Districts.

School districts are authorized to charge fees on new residential, commercial and industrial development to offset the cost of providing school facilities to students generated by new development. To charge fees, each district must prepare a fee justification study (for Level 1 fees) or a school facilities needs analysis (for Level 2 or 3 fees), based on local factors. Odell Planning & Research, Inc. has prepared fee studies and needs analyses for a substantial number of districts over the past 25 years.

We have for many years assisted school districts with reviewing and responding to development proposals and city and county general and specific plans that would affect the districts. Since our staff has a city planning background, we are skilled in interacting with local planning agencies on planning and development matters that affect our school district clients.