Council to Consider “Tent City” Regulations Tuesday

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Proposed regulations on temporary shelter encampments, sometimes known as “tent cities”, will be considered at the City Council’s July 5 public hearing.

Mountlake Terrace’s current city code does not allow temporary shelter encampments. In 2010, the state legislature passed a bill requiring cities and counties to allow temporary encampments hosted by religious organizations, provided they had a permit and met standards. The City has not received any proposals for encampments, but the City Council requested preparation of a permitting process and standards, just in case something is proposed in the future.

The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed regulations at its June 13 work session and, after a June 27 public hearing, recommended adoption. The City Council will review the proposed regulations at its June 30 work session.

A public hearing on the regulations will be held at the City Council’s regular meeting July 5 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Interim City Hall Council Chambers, 6100 219th Street SW, second floor in Mountlake Terrace.

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