Homeless Encampment seeks to relocate January 21, 2012
The City of Kirkland has received a temporary use permit (TUP) application from SHARE/WHEEL and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church to relocate the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 (TC4) to church property beginning Saturday, January 21, 2012. As part of the application process, the Church, as host to TC4, will hold a public informational meeting. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 5 at 7 p.m. at the church located at 10021 NE 124th Street. City representatives will be present to answer permitting and public safety questions. For more information, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/tentcity or contact Sean LeRoy, Planning & Community Development Department at 425-587-3225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City will mail residents and property owners within 500 feet of the church property the notice of the application and the notice of the decision of the City’s Planning Director regarding the permit application. City zoning regulations provide for temporary uses of land, including homeless encampments, when certain standards are met. If approved, the encampment may locate within the City for no more than 92 days. The City may not grant a TUP at the same location more than once in a 365-day period. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church has hosted TC4 two times since early 2007.
In 2006, the City adopted zoning regulations specific to homeless encampments which require, among other standards, sight-obscuring perimeter fencing (unless the Planning Director determines there is sufficient vegetation, topographic variation or other site condition such that fencing would not be needed), setbacks from adjoining residential properties and transit service to be located within one-half mile. Additionally, a code of conduct must be imposed on encampment residents, public health inspections must be allowed, and the maximum number of residents is 100. The zoning regulations provide for an administrative review by the Planning Director per the Kirkland Municipal Code.