The City of Redmond is beginning the process to establish permanent regulations for permanent supportive and transitional housing, emergency shelters, and emergency housing.
On August 17, 2021, the Redmond City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3059 imposing interim regulations to align city regulations for permanent supportive and transitional housing, emergency shelters, and emergency housing with state legislation adopted in 2021, commonly known as House Bill (HB) 1220.
HB 1220 created statewide definitions for these uses and pre-empted cities' authority over most zoning regulations related to them. HB 1220 requires cities like Redmond to allow permanent supportive housing and transitional housing in all zoning districts where residential dwellings and/or hotels are allowed, and to allow emergency housing and emergency shelters in all zoning districts where hotels are allowed..
HB 1220 granted cities the limited ability to impose reasonable regulations regarding spacing, occupancy, and intensity of use standards to protect public health and safety. The City is not allowed to prohibit these uses as described above..
Though these types of land uses are currently supported by human service and housing policies and by land use regulations for social assistance, welfare, and charitable services, the Redmond Zoning Code did not define nor clarify the provisions through which permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, indoor emergency housing, and indoor emergency shelter are permitted consistent with HB 1220. An interim amendment to the RZC was necessary to align city regulations with state law and to enact regulations regarding spacing, occupancy, and intensity of use as allowed under state law..
After adopting interim regulations, state law requires that the City adopt permanent regulations within one year. (RCW 36.70A.390). The Redmond Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on permanent regulations addressing permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency housing, and emergency shelters on December 1, 2021.
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