Chapter 18.98
EMERGENCY SHELTERS

Sections:

18.98.010    Purpose.

18.98.020    Standards for emergency shelters.

18.98.030    Health and safety standards.

18.98.040    Management plan.

18.98.050    Occupancy load and bathroom facilities.

18.98.060    Common facilities and services.

18.98.070    Lighting.

18.98.080    Outdoor activities.

18.98.090    Shelter location, and concentration of uses.

18.98.100    Design standards.

18.98.110    Shelter provider.

18.98.010 Purpose.

The purpose of these standards is to ensure the development of emergency shelters does not adversely impact adjacent parcels or the surrounding neighborhood, and shall be developed in a manner which protects the health, safety, and general welfare of the nearby residents and businesses, while providing for the housing needs of people in need of shelter. The following performance standards shall apply to emergency shelters. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.020 Standards for emergency shelters.

In addition to the standards set forth in here and below, emergency shelters shall also be required to comply with the California Building Code and California Fire Code in effect at the time of building permit application. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.030 Health and safety standards.

The shelter for the homeless must comply with all standards set forth in Cal. Health and Safety Code § 50800 et seq. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.040 Management plan.

Prior to commencing operation, the emergency shelter provider must have a written management plan, which shall be approved by the Planning Commission. The management plan must include, but is not limited to, provisions for staff training, resident identification process, neighborhood outreach, policies regarding pets, the timing and placement of outdoor activities, temporary storage of residents’ personal belongings, safety and security, screening of residents to ensure compatibility with services provided at the facility, and training, counseling and social service programs for residents, as applicable. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.050 Occupancy load and bathroom facilities.

Each resident shall be provided a minimum of 50 gross square feet of personal living space per person, not including space for common areas. In no case shall occupancy exceed 60 residents at any one time. Bathing facilities shall be provided in quantity and location as required in the California Plumbing Code (Title 24, Part 5), and shall comply with the accessibility requirements of the California Building Code (Title 24, Part 2). (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.060 Common facilities and services.

The emergency shelter facility may provide one or more of the following specific facilities and services, including but not limited to:

(A) Commercial kitchen facilities designed and operated in compliance with the California Retail Food Code;

(B) Dining area;

(C) Laundry;

(D) Recreation room;

(E) Support services (e.g., training, counseling);

(F) Child care facilities. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.070 Lighting.

Adequate external lighting shall be provided for security purposes. The lighting shall be stationary, full cut-off downward facing hooded lighting and directed away from adjacent properties and public rights-of-way, and of an intensity compatible with the neighborhood. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.080 Outdoor activities.

Outdoor activities, such as recreation, eating, and staging for drop-off, intake, and pick-up, may be conducted at the facility. Conducting such activities either at a back entrance or inner courtyard is encouraged. For the purposes of noise abatement in residential districts, outdoor activities may only be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.090 Shelter location, and concentration of uses.

Emergency shelters must be sited within the R-3 zone. No more than one emergency shelter is permitted within a radius of 1,000 feet from another emergency shelter. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.100 Design standards.

To assure that new and renovated buildings are compatible with the existing character and scale of the surrounding commercial environment, new and infill buildings must be consistent with the Mt. Shasta Architectural Design Guidelines. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)

18.98.110 Shelter provider.

The agency or organization operating the shelter shall comply with the following requirements:

(A) Temporary shelter shall be available to residents for no more than 60 days. Extensions up to a total stay of 180 days may be provided if no alternative housing is available.

(B) Staff and services shall be provided to assist residents to obtain permanent shelter and income. Such services shall be available at no cost to all residents of a provider’s shelter or shelters.

(C) The provider shall not discriminate in any services provided.

(D) The provider shall not require participation by residents in any religious or philosophical ritual, service, meeting or rite as a condition of eligibility. (Ord. CCO-10-03 § 3, 2010)