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A. Application. The completed application for a temporary encampment, which shall be signed by the host religious organization and/or managing agency, and shall contain, at a minimum, contact information for the applicant, and detailed information regarding the following:

1. How the proposed temporary encampment will meet the requirements set forth in this chapter;

2. Potential adverse effects that the proposed temporary encampment will likely have on neighboring properties and the community;

3. Measures to mitigate such adverse effects;

4. A proposed written code of conduct for the temporary encampment;

5. Measures to meet the applicable requirements of the International Fire Code; and

6. Certification that the applicant has taken and/or will take all reasonable and legal steps to obtain verifiable identification from current and prospective encampment residents and shall ensure that the Monroe police department has and/or will have completed sex offender checks of all adult residents and guests of the temporary encampment. The form of the notice and the application shall be provided by the zoning administrator upon request by the applicant.

B. Community Meeting. Unless the use is in response to a declared emergency, the host shall hold a meeting open to the public prior to the opening of a temporary encampment. The purpose of the community meeting is to provide the surrounding community with information regarding the proposed duration and operation of the encampment, conditions that will likely be placed on the operation of the encampment, requirements of the written code of conduct, and to answer questions regarding the encampment. The religious organization must provide written notice of the community meeting to the city council at least one week, if possible, but no later than ninety-six hours prior to the meeting.

1. The notice must specify the time, place, and purpose of the meeting.

2. Public notice of the meeting shall be provided by the city by taking at least two of the following actions at any time prior to the time of the meeting:

a. Delivering to each local newspaper of general circulation and local radio or television station that has on file with the city a written request to be notified of special meetings;

b. Posting on the city’s website;

c. Prominently displaying, on signage at least two feet in height and two feet in width, one or more meeting notices that can be placed on or adjacent to the main arterials in proximity to the location of the meeting; or

d. Prominently displaying the notice at the meeting site.

C. Application Review. The zoning administrator shall issue a decision approving, approving with conditions, or denying the application for a temporary homeless encampment within fourteen days of the date that the application was submitted.

D. Decision. A notice of decision for the temporary encampment, or summary thereof, shall contain the decision of the zoning administrator approving, approving with conditions, or denying the application, and the appeal procedure, and shall be distributed as required within four business days after the decision.

E. Conditions of Approval. Reasonable conditions of approval may be established as deemed necessary by the zoning administrator in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and the occupants of the temporary homeless encampment, consistent with this chapter and applicable federal and state law. Without limitation of the foregoing, any such conditions of approval shall comply with RCW 35A.21.360 and applicable state and federal law concerning religious exercise.

F. Appeal. The zoning administrator’s decision to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application is appealable directly to Snohomish County superior court in accordance with the procedures and timeframes of the Land Use Petition Act, Chapter 36.70C RCW. (Ord. 005/2020)