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From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

05-17-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Planning Commission to discuss proposed regulation allowing for transitional shelters at May 22 work session

The Clackamas County Planning Commission will discuss amendments to county zoning regulations that would allow for transitional shelters for homeless people on light or general industrial land with a conditional use permit.

A work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, in the auditorium of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The public is welcome to attend, but no public testimony will be taken at that time. 

A Planning Commission public hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 10 for public testimony.

The proposed amendment defines transitional shelter communities as: “Temporary shelters for homeless people operated by a non-profit, a government agency or another entity approved by the Director of the County Department of Health, Housing and Human Services.” The shelter operator could provide residents with food, clothing and other on-site support services. 

The transitional shelter communities would primarily be for adults. The ordinance under consideration requires transitional shelter communities to present operational plans for parking, security, lighting and pets, and to comply with a variety of standards, including:

The draft ordinance is in the packet for the May 22 Planning Commission meeting

The ordinance has been proposed in response to help meet the sheltering needs of increasing numbers of homeless people on limited available sites. The county’s 2017 Point-In-Time count of homeless people showed an 11 percent increase in the number of homeless since 2013, despite additional capacity in shelters and public housing. 

Transitional shelter communities have been successful in other areas such as Eugene and Seattle. They focus on individuals as members of a community, providing small-scale housing as part of a “village” setting to offer residents a level of certainty and humanity while fostering socialization and normalization.

County staff are studying the possible use of a Development Agency-owned site in a general industrial zone for a future transitional residential community for homeless military veterans.

For more information about the proposed ordinance, contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 503-742-5911.

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