Do the draft standards (qualifying provisions) address your concerns? Are there additional standards the City should adopt to regulate homeless resource centers and homeless shelters?
The drafting of standards for homeless resources centers began in January 2017. This action was initiated by the Salt Lake City Council on November 15, 2016, and has been assigned Petition Number PLNPCM2016-00910. In January of 2017, Salt Lake City hosted a series of workshops, community meetings, and a topic on Open City Hall to gather feedback on the development of these standards. A summary of the workshop comments can be found here.
NEW PROPOSAL FOR HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTERS
On February 24th, 2017, State, County, and City leaders released a new proposal regarding the location of new homeless resource centers and the ongoing efforts to serve those most in need in our community. This proposal resulted in a reduction in the number of new homeless resources center located in Salt Lake City from four to two, but increases the total number of beds at each location from the proposed 150 to 200. Legislative leaders were prompted to act based on a discovered funding gap on the four resource center model. During these meetings, City and County leaders were informed of a new legislative proposal, House Bill 441 (HB 441), which would continue the State’s funding commitment to build the new resource centers, provide a funding increase for ongoing operations, and fund treatment and diversion programs. HB441 also includes language stating “A municipality may not adopt or enforce an ordinance or other regulation that prohibits a homeless shelter: (a) from operating year-round if the homeless shelter began operation on or before January 1, 2016; or (b) from being built if the site of the homeless shelter is approved by and receives funding through the Homeless Coordinating Committee, with the concurrence of the Housing and Community Development Division within the Department of Workforce Services, in accordance with the requirements of Section 35A-8-604.” (See the details of HB441.) The draft ordinance considers the pending state legislation.
PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING
The Salt Lake City Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing to amend the Salt Lake City zoning ordinance. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 5:30 PM in Room 326 of the City and County Building, at 451 South State Street, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Planning Commission will forward a recommendation to the City Council who is the final decision making body.
The Salt Lake City Planning Commission and City Council is asking for comments on this proposed zoning amendment. Some features of the proposal are:
- Definition of a homeless resource center,
- Identifying homeless resource centers as a conditional use in zoning districts that currently permit homeless shelters,
- Establishing qualifying provisions that mitigate potential adverse impacts of homeless resources centers and homeless shelters, and
- In response to HB 441, Salt Lake City may not prohibit construction of a homeless resource center or homeless shelter if the site is approved by and receives funding through the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, with the concurrence of the Housing and Community Development Division within the Department of Workforce Services, in accordance with Section 35A-8-604 of Utah State Code.
Please review the draft ordinance here, and consider the following:
- Do the draft standards (qualifying provisions) address your concerns?
- Are there additional qualifying provisions the City should adopt to regulate homeless resource centers and homeless shelters?
Your feedback will be considered and will be included in the staff report presented to the Salt Lake City Planning Commission and City Council.