Homeless shelter regulations, pier netting on council agenda
San Clemente, facing a lawsuit and a court order over its zoning regulations for homeless shelters, will consider revising its shelter rules at the Sept. 5 City Council meeting.
The city proposes to keep the same geographic area it selected earlier for homeless shelters – the Rancho San Clemente Business Park – but with relaxed standards to make it easier for shelter advocates to establish one or more shelters in accordance with California Senate Bill 2.
SB2 requires all California cities to establish zones where advocates can create a shelter without needing discretionary permit approvals.
Among the changes the city intends to make to comply with SB2 is to revise a requirement for a 300-foot separation between any two shelters in the business park. The change would allow two shelters to be located next to each other if operated by the same organization.
Also on the agenda is a $1.8 million pier rehabilitation project, scheduled to begin in October and be completed in May.
It includes a proposal to install netting beneath the pier’s deck to keep pigeons from nesting in the undercarriage from shore to beneath Lifeguard Tower Zero. The cost to net the undercarriage of the entire pier would be more than $400,000, a city staff report said.
City staff suggested that a limited first-phase approach could see how effective the netting proves to be in reducing ocean pollution from bird droppings. The city would keep open the entire-pier option or other options, if further effort proves necessary.
The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at City Hall.