City Council to hold public hearing on homeless shelter issue Monday

Auburn city staff recommends scaling back limitations
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The issue of where permanent homeless shelters should be allowed by right within Auburn makes its way to City Council chambers for a public hearing Monday night.

Auburn city staff is recommending the City Council dial back some of the restrictions approved by the Planning Commission in March, because the limitations would have eliminated all potential areas for a shelter to be located.

If the council moves forward with staff’s recommendations, then permanent homeless shelters could be located at multiple sites in two industrially-zoned areas near the railroad on Sacramento Street and around Borland and Lincoln Avenue, as well as an additional site on Gum Lane.

The city is working to come into compliance with Senate Bill 2, a state law passed in 2007 that requires every jurisdiction to allow a permanent homeless shelter by right in at least one area within its borders.

The reason for tackling the issue now is because the city has to update its housing code every five years, and if it did not meet the SB 2 requirements, then it would not get approved by the state this year.

City staff recommends scaling back the distance requirement between permanent shelters and single family residential zones from the commission-approved 500 feet to the originally proposed 300 feet. It is also recommending City Council scratch the distance separation from parks, schools and libraries that had been approved by the Planning Commission.

City staff also wants to change the method of measuring for the separation requirements. Currently, it is measured from boundary to boundary, but since that would exclude too many areas, staff wants to change the buffer area from the shelter building to the zone boundary.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the City Council will also evaluate a cost of living adjustment to the city’s sewer rates and determine how it will move forward in light of Placer County’s rejection of its regional sewer deal points.

To view the full agenda, click here to visit the city’s website.


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