Monday, February 4, 2013

WA - Puyallup City Council to Review Zoning Amendment That Prohibits Sex Offender Group Homes

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If you do not want clustering, you don't need another law, you need to get rid of the residency (buffer zone) laws, then the problem will pretty much go a way. But, like usual, politicians don't think, they just pass more laws to fix other idiotic laws they passed instead of repealing them. Politics as usual!


By Lauren Padgett

The Puyallup City Council will review the first draft of an ordinance that would prohibit clusters of sex offenders and violent felons in residential neighborhoods.

The Puyallup City Council is poised to discuss a zoning amendment that would prohibit clusters of sex offenders from living together in residential neighborhoods.

The council will review the first draft of the ordinance at the regular Feb. 5 meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

This piece of city law would prohibit two or more sex offenders from living under the same roof in any residential zone in Puyallup. It also requires that the property owner must submit and receive a conditional use permit (CUP) before allowing two or more sex offenders or violent felons from living in the same residence within the city's central business district and zones. The city would not issue a CUP if a similar permit has already been issued for another dwelling within 880 feet. The CUP process requires a public hearing before the hearing examiner and allows Puyallup leaders to seek conditions that address public safety and welfare.

The ordinance also would add a new chapter to Puyallup's business licensing regulations, allowing the city to impose additional conditions in a business license to address harmful impacts on the community from certain businesses such as airports, hazardous waste facilities, and facilities where two or more sex offenders reside. For example, the city could require a "significant impact business" to provide high amounts of liability insurance, to post a bond, or provide other types of security.

The council will discuss these law changes, but a vote on the ordinance is not expected.

See the full agenda here.

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