The number of public school-aged children that a municipality must educate is frequently cited as a deterrent to housing creation. Town residents fearful of tax increases or service cuts or both worry that new single- or multi-family homes will produce “too many” school children and, thus, put pressure on school budget s and mil rates. Research by the Rutgers University’s School of Planning and Public Policy in their 2006 study on Residential Demographic Multipliers for the Fannie Mae Foundation, shows something different, however. The Rutgers report determined that 3-bedroom single-family homes like those in Olde Oak Village produced an average of only two-thirds of a school child – or two children for every three homes – in the 2000-2005 period studied.
The experience at Olde Oak Village has shown even fewer school children. In the current school year, only 22 children in the entire 80-unit housing development attend Wallingford public schools, or .275 children per unit. Given the school district’s 7% drop in enrollment since 2004-’05 – the most recent statewide high-point in enrollment – and the projected continued drop in enrollment through 2020, it is clear that new housing is not a cost burden on the school system.
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Homes in Olde Oak Village are all 3-bedroom single-family detached condos. As of their most recent assessment in 2010, they were valued at no higher than $236,500, not including an “outlying” home valued at $299,500. Olde Oak Village is comprised of three small streets:
- Lily Lane: 17 homes in total. 5 are reserved for residents earning 60% or less of area median income (“low-income affordable rate”); 1 is reserved for residents earning 80% or less of the area median income (moderate affordable rate); and 11 are market-rate.
- Sycamore Way: 30 homes in total. 4 are low-income affordable rate; 2 are moderate-income affordable rate; 24 are market-rate.
- Hickory Court: 33 homes in total. 3 are low-income affordable rate; 9 are moderate-income affordable rate; 21 are market-rate.
Overall in Olde Oak Village, 56 homes are market-rate, 12 are low-income affordable rate, and 12 are moderate-income affordable rate. A study conducted between 2000-2005 by the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University’s School of Planning and Public Policy found that, in Connecticut, the average 3-bedroom single-family detached home valued at less than $257,500 had 0.66 school-aged children. School-aged children in Olde Oak Village, overall and by street:
- Overall: There are 12 school-aged children (SAC) in Olde Oak Village, among 80 total condos for an average of 0.26 SAC per condo.
- Lily Lane: There is 1 SAC, among 17 condos, or 0.059 SAC per condo.
- Sycamore Way: There are 12 SAC, among 30 condos, or 0.4 SAC per condo.
- Hickory Court: There are 8 SAC, among 33 condos, or 0.24 SAC per condo.
SAC living in Olde Oak Village are not concentrated into any particular age group, and therefore are not likely to overwhelm any one school. In the neighborhood, there are 9 elementary-aged students, 5 middle school-aged students, and 7 high school-aged students.
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