Zoning for Emergency Shelters (SB 2)
Last modified: 2/24/2014 4:33 PM
The Planning Office is considering the following strategies to satisfy SB 2 requirements:
The Planning Office has been discussing these and other strategies with various stakeholders, and will be conducting outreach for upcoming workshops and public hearings.
- Allow small-scale emergency shelters (up to 14 beds) to operate by right in various zoning districts, excluding single-family and two-family residential districts within urban areas and certain rural districts.
- Allow certain established institutional uses, such as religious facilities, to add ancillary small-scale emergency shelters without a use permit or other discretionary review (“by right”), consistent with Program 4.08.16 of the 2009 Housing Element.
- Establish a special overlay district, which would accommodate larger-scale shelters by right in select locations deemed uniquely suitable.
- Establish standards and requirements to address potential offsite impacts and achieve consistency with the County’s “Housing First” policy for homeless populations.