The Planning Board and City Council do not need to approve the location of the Homelessness Day Services Center. The city’s land use code defines where uses are permitted within the city.
Day shelter uses are a ‘conditional use’ at this location, a Business - Regional 1 (BR-1) zone district. Conditional uses require an administrative review by city staff to evaluate compliance with specific use standards. In this case, the Homelessness Day Services Center must meet the standards of Section 9-6-4(e) of the land use code. If the center operator demonstrates compliance with this criteria city staff is obligated to approve the use. As part of the administrative review process, the center will be required to prepare a management plan and hold a good neighbor meeting.
A good neighbor meeting is required to ensure that the operator is informed of the effects of their use upon neighboring properties and educated about ways to mitigate, reduce, or eliminate potential impacts upon neighboring properties. The operator will be prepared to discuss operating characteristics and will present a proposed management plan. The purpose of the meeting is to give neighbors of the center an opportunity to share their concerns with the operator and to provide comments on the management plan.
Following use approval and management plan approval, the operator will be required to submit a building permit application for improvements to the structure/site and to demonstrate compliance with life safety standards. The Homelessness Day Services Center cannot begin operation until the required work is completed and inspected by the city.