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Auburn City Council Selects Possible Homeless Shelter Sites

After lengthy public comment at Monday night’s Auburn City council meeting, the council on a 3 to 2 vote approved 8 parcels to be zoned for a potential homeless shelter. The council has been over the maps of the city many times and took interested citizens on a bus tour of potential sites. The council members have visited homeless camps, homeless shelters and have looked to the county and other cities for how they have complied with SB2, the state’s mandate to define an emergency shelter zone within the city limits. This was obviously not an easy decision for the council to make but after several members of the public asked the council to pleas to remove their neighborhoods or businesses from the list of potential sites, the city still needed to make a decision in order to stay within the law or face fines and other penalties related to the city housing plan from the state.  Will Wong Community Development Director for the City of Auburn Describes the locations of the lots.

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The city’s plan now goes back to the planning commission and the residents bordering the parcels will have an opportunity to provide input.

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The topic will return to the city council for final approval.

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