HOMELESS LIKELY HEADED TO INTENSIVE USE ZONES DUE TO STATE MANDATE — 1/21/15 VALLEJO PLANNING COMMISSION


On Wednesday night January 21st the Vallejo Planning Commission will review a Code Text Amendment which would allow homeless shelters in Intensive Use zones in Vallejo (primarily commercial, industrial, retail etc.)  Under SB2 (Senate Bill 2) the city would need to identify one or more zones for  emergency shelters (stays up to 6 months). Vallejo’s last homeless survey identified approximately 650 individuals who would need to be accommodated. This amendment, mandated by state law seems to be bringing displeasure to both homeless advocates, Vallejo residents and businessmen alike. As they say, the DEVIL is in the details. Poor implementation could have serious negative consequences for Vallejo. Unfortunately, the Planning Commission’s hands are largely tied by the weight of state level requirements.

It is estimated that 1.75 acres of land would be required for each shelter that could accommodate 50 homeless clients. The City will  be very limited in curtailing the construction or use of a facility as a homeless shelter within the designated zones. SB 2 strengthens state law by ensuring that every jurisdiction identifies potential sites where new emergency shelters can be located without discretionary review by the local government. It also increases protections for homeless care providers seeking to open a new emergency shelter, transitional housing or supportive housing development, by limiting the instances in which local governments can deny such developments.

Undoubtedly, Vallejo’s homeless issue is one that needs to be addressed. However, the wisdom of a mandate from on high ordering the quantity and location of homeless housing serves to derail local control and input as to how we handle this issue in our city.

Your input at this meeting is highly recommended in order to help guide Vallejo’s planning commissioners to exercise their very limited discretionary control on this issue in the way the residents of Vallejo want.

The Vallejo Planning Commission meets in City Council Chambers 555 Santa Clara St. on January 21 at 7 PM.


'HOMELESS LIKELY HEADED TO INTENSIVE USE ZONES DUE TO STATE MANDATE — 1/21/15 VALLEJO PLANNING COMMISSION' have 4 comments

  1. January 20, 2015 @ 10:21 am Interesting

    After experiencing ‘local control’ ideas aka Martin Brown I welcome the “limited discretionary control” imposed by state law. Prove SB2 and state law wrong before “winging it” by our local activists.

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    • January 22, 2015 @ 11:56 pm Summer Rain

      The city is so Podunk on getting anything done not a surprise. Like MMDs the city is last to figure anything out. I wager it will get screwed because it relies on bible bangers to solve problems. The steeple are so corrupt here the only shelter we had was run by a crooked bible group. God save the queen!

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      • January 23, 2015 @ 9:24 am Doug

        I doubt the City will get screwed, it is the people of Vallejo that get screwed. You can tie in this recent demand for expedient compliance to what we now refer to as “Scam Bay Area”. (STA, MTC, ABAG, OnePlanBayArea, and more). We commit to future funding from these outside agencies and conform to their demands.
        Case in point, with this most recent code text amendment that was railroaded through at breakneck speed with as little public input as possible.

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  2. January 23, 2015 @ 1:11 pm wharf rat

    Most other Cities in the ‘scam area’ had their SB 2 compliance done by middle of last year , some much earlier
    and ‘surprise’ it was done better , the only reason Staff moves quickly is because there is some money out there they want . This last planning meeting was probably illegal , and Doug is right , public input was almost non existent , while a special interest group dominated the meeting , heck even Planning Comissioners were confused about the proposed code text as were Planning Staff — kabuki theatre at it’s best ……..

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