Could Kent be the next western Washington city to ban camping to address its homelessness woes?
City Council has debated the proposal but appears to be at a crossroads.
Ordinance introduced after the Green River camp was removed
The move comes just months after a large homeless camp was removed outside of Kent city limits.
The proposal aims to keep stocks away from businesses and homes along the Green River. King County authorities removed 52,000 pounds of trash and debris in their latest cleanup effort.
MyNorthwest has reached out to Kent Mayor Dana Ralph’s office for comment but has yet to receive a response.
Final vote in mid-October
The proposal was brought before the Operations and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, with a final vote expected in mid-October. The ordinance begins with: “Camping on public property that is not designated as a campsite creates dangerous public health and safety conditions and prevents these areas out being Second hand to the the purposes to the the you was intended.”
The proposal also calls on the city to provide it “Help to Persons (who) seek alternative shelter and store belongings.”
The City of Edmonds recently issued a similar ban. Tacoma is also considering a no-camping ordinance.