Shelter Code Project

Volunteer setting up beds at the Beaverton Homeless Shelter.

Project Description

This project will update Beaverton’s Development Code to clarify where and how shelters should be allowed in Beaverton as well as address any issues associated with emergency or severe weather shelters.

Background:
Beaverton’s Development Code allows emergency and severe weather shelters, but permanent, non-emergency shelters are not defined or addressed in the Development Code. This means the code does not allow permanent shelters. The city has initiated a project to explore updating the Development Code to allow permanent shelters and make necessary improvements to how the code handles temporary shelter and shelter programs that run out of a variety of sites.

General shelter types

  • Emergency Shelter: Any facility with overnight sleeping accommodations that provide temporary shelter for the general population in a time of crisis.
  • Inclement Weather Emergency (Severe Weather) Shelters: Facilities used for emergency shelter in the event of severe heat or severe cold weather conditions.
  • Permanent (Year-Round) Shelter: Facility used to provide shelter on a year-round basis for individuals or families who require shelter temporarily until they can transition to permanent housing.

What we've already heard from community:
The shelter code project is being guided by existing community and city policy direction. The community has long identified the need for a year-round shelter and for supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, as described in the following:

  • Beaverton’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan, Priority HL1.6: The city supports the development of a year-round shelter in Beaverton
  • Beaverton Community Vision Plan, Actions #34 and #36:
    • #34) Adopt measures to reduce and prevent homelessness
    • #36) Support programs that provide temporary shelters
  • Beaverton Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 4, Policies (g) and (h):
    • g) Support regional efforts to combat homelessness and provide a Continuum of Care, including housing, medical and social services, and job training
    • h) Support emergency and transitional housing options such as homeless shelters, while shifting long term efforts to more permanent housing options, including emerging housing types such as tiny homes and micro housing communities

Process

This project will involve technical analyses, community engagement, and other work to develop community-supported Development Code updates. Planning staff have engaged a consultant team to assist with this effort. Beaverton’s City Council must approve all Comprehensive Plan and code changes.

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Project Timeline

July – September 2021:
Research and Analysis
October – December 2021:
Review Alternatives & Select Approach
December – April 2022:
Implement
  • Project kickoff
  • Code audit to understand issues and opportunities
  • Public engagement on issues and opportunities
  • Research best practices
  • Consider alternative solutions to address key issues
  • Public engagement on alternatives
  • Select preferred alternative(s)
  • Draft code changes
  • Public engagement on draft code changes
  • Public hearings and adoption

Project Calendar

Key dates for public involvement opportunities, presentations to stakeholder groups, Planning Commission and City Council meetings are below. This calendar will be updated throughout the project as new activities are scheduled.

  • July 27, 2021: Joint Planning Commission and City Council Work Session, 5:30 pm
  • August 23, 2021: Presentation at Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement (BCCI).

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