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Homeless Resource Center Amendments

Homeless Resource Center Amendments

In late 2021, the City started the process to change how homeless resource centers (HRC) are approved. This was initiated by a request to locate a new homeless shelter in a neighborhood that is already home to several shelters, overburdening that neighborhood and the services provided to that neighborhood. The City Council adopted an ordinance earlier in 2022 that eliminated the HRC use from the land use tables and asked the Planning Division to come up with an alternative process to approve future homeless resource centers. The Planning Division spent the spring and summer gaining an understanding of how city services, neighborhoods, service providers, and those that use the current shelters may be impacted by changes. The proposal was created based on this input.

The Planning Division is proposing that the City Council adopt an overlay zoning district to regulate future homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. The overlay would be adopted into the zoning code, along with updates to the existing regulations that apply to homeless resource centers and homeless shelters. Prior to opening a new homeless resource center, the overlay would have to be applied to the zoning map. This means that anyone who wants to establish an HRC or shelter, would have to apply for a zoning map amendment.

Providing Feedback

  • There are multiple ways to provide feedback. First, you can fill out the short survey found in the project story map. The survey will run through November 30th, 2022. Second, you can email comments to any of the individuals below. All of the feedback will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.
  • A meeting was held on October 20th with community representatives and service providers to provide an overview of the proposed changes. The Planning Division provided an overview of the project to date and a summary of the proposed changes and process for approving future homeless resource centers. View the Service Providers and Community Council Chairs Meeting.
  • An additional in-person Open House will be available on November 10th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building in a Community Room (475 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111).
  • The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on December 14th, 2022, where anyone who is interested can address the commission. Please keep your comments related to the zoning proposal, which is what the Planning Commission is being asked to consider. While other homeless related issues are important, the Planning Commission has a limited role in how those other issues can be addressed. The Planning Commission meeting will start at 5:30 pm and is held in room 326 of the City and County Building located at 451 South State Street.

Comments and Questions

For comments or questions please contact:

Nick Norris, Planning Director // nick.norris@slcgov.com

Michaela Oktay, Deputy Planning Director // michaela.oktay@slcgov.com

Kelsey Lindquist, Planning Manager // kelsey.lindquist@slcgov.com

Elizabeth Hart, Principal Planner // elizabeth.hart@slcgov.com

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