What standards for design, development and operation of homeless resource centers should be implemented to make the facilities successful and fit into the larger community?
The site selection and development of four new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City began with the adoption of the “scattered sites” model and Criteria for Success, which were developed by working with the community through the Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission. The second phase of engagement informed the site selection process. A series of community workshops were held where the Criteria for Success were refined and prioritized. The City then facilitated property-specific discussions with the Commission for review and comments on the proposed sites. The focus now is on design and operations.
Land Use and Development Process
Before construction can commence on any of the selected sites, a series of planning actions need to take place. The Salt Lake City Planning Division is reviewing the zoning regulations for homeless shelters and drafting provisions that specifically address concerns guiding the design, development and operation of the resource centers. These changes are not site specific and will guide the development of all four sites. This text amendment needs to be adopted by the City Council prior to any application for a conditional use. This action was initiated by the City Council on November 15, 2016, and has been assigned Petition Number PLNPCM2016-00910.
The typical order for land use approvals is:
- Text amendment (changes to homeless shelter definition and development criteria)
- Zoning amendment to authorize the use at a location (property specific)
- Amendments to master plans, if necessary (property specific)
- Conditional Use approval (property specific)
Once all of this is complete, a building permit application may be submitted.
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Feedback received from the community thus far has generated priorities that will be considered as key elements of the design and operations. These priorities are:
- Easy access to services
- Dignity for those served
- Not conducive to the drug trade
- Measurements for successful operations
- Well-designed buildings
- Coordinated client support
- Small sites/centers
- Being a part of the larger community
Please help us set the standards to make each site successful by answering questions in the following survey. Click on the blue survey button below.
For general comments and information please go to www.slcgov.com/resource-centers
Contact the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office at 801-535-7704 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning staff assigned:
Michael Maloy, Senior Planner
Phone: (801) 535-7118
Petition Number PLNPCM2016-00910