Spokane Metropolis Council to contemplate replace on unauthorized tenting ordinance

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Sep 11, 2022 3:29 p.m

Posted Sep 11, 2022 3:29pm

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SPOKANE, Wash. — At Monday’s meeting, the Spokane City Council will consider an update to the city’s unauthorized camping ordinance.

Council President Breean Beggs and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear’s proposal includes the following:

  • Prohibits camping at all times, regardless of the availability of shelters, under or within 50 feet of any railroad viaduct located within the boundary of the downtown Spokane Police Department precinct and within three blocks of any meeting shelter;
  • Prohibits camping at all times, regardless of the availability of shelters, anywhere in the city where an officer can document that the activity poses significant danger to an individual, an imminent threat, and/or an unreasonable risk of harm to public health or security or disruption to vital government services; and
  • Prohibits camping along banks of Spokane River and Latah Creek unless there is no available shelter.

The illicit camping ordinance differs from the sit and lie ordinance. The sitting and lying ordinance prohibits sitting or lying down on public sidewalks between 6 a.m. and midnight. It affects the area from Maple to Division and from I-90 to Spokane Falls Boulevard. It also includes specific prohibitions and exceptions for enforcement even where shelter is available.

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The Trent Avenue shelter recently opened last week, where it was last reported that 36 people stayed at the shelter as of Tuesday.

The City of Spokane also gave WSDOT a deadline to clear Camp Hope.

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