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Commission passes shelter zone

Santa Clarita City Council changes zoning laws to allow homeless shelter

Posted: February 19, 2009 1:15 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A zoning change to allow homeless shelters in industrial areas of the city will head to the Santa Clarita City Council March 24, according to a city official.

The Planning Commission recommended zoning changes Tuesday for the Centre Pointe, Valencia and Rye Canyon business parks to allow homeless shelters, said Paul Brotzman, city director of community development.

The recommendation comes on the heels of a letter drafted by the Valley Industrial Association urging the city to comply with Senate Bill 2. The state law requires cities to set aside areas for homeless shelters.

The letter drafted by members of the association agreed with the city’s plan to change zoning in the industrial areas, said Andy Pattantyus, association vice president.

Brotzman said the zoning change is part of the city’s commitment to helping its most needy residents. He also said the industrial parks are the best venue for a homeless shelter.
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“The shelters are not in areas deemed public places for children like schools or parks,” Brotzman said.

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