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

06-06-2017

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County sets public hearings on proposed regulation on transitional shelter communities

The Clackamas County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners will hold public hearings this summer on proposed amendments to county zoning regulations that would allow for transitional shelter communities for houseless people on light or general industrial land in urban areas outside city limits with a conditional use permit.

The Planning Commission hearing will be held at a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the Development Services Building auditorium at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. The hearing may begin later than 6:30 p.m. depending on the length of preceding agenda items.

The Board of County Commissioners hearing will be held at a meeting that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the Public Services Building Hearing Room, fourth floor, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. The hearing may begin later than 10:30 a.m. depending on the length of the preceding agenda item.

The proposed amendments are available online or by contacting Planner Andrew Yaden at 503-742-4578 or ayaden@clackamas.us.

People are welcome to testify at either or both public hearings, or to send in their testimony in advance, in writing, to Andrew Yaden, either by email to ayaden@clackamas.us, or by drop off or U.S. mail via the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.

The proposed amendments define transitional shelter communities as: “Temporary shelters for houseless people operated by the government or another entity approved by the Director of the County Department of Health, Housing and Human Services.” Shelter residents under the age of 18 are permitted only if their legal guardian is also a resident. The shelter operator could provide residents with food, clothing and other on-site support services.

The amendments under consideration require transitional shelter community operators to have plans for parking, security, lighting and pets, and comply with a variety of standards, including:

The ordinance has been proposed in response to help meet the sheltering needs of increasing numbers of houseless people on limited available sites. Transitional shelter communities have been successful in other areas such as Eugene and Seattle. The county is studying the possible use of a Development Agency-owned site in an urban general industrial zone for a future transitional residential community for houseless military veterans.

For more information about the proposed ordinance, members of the media or public may contact Jennifer Hughes at 503-742-4518 or jenniferh@clackamas.us.

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