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Puyallup City Council to Review Zoning Amendment That Prohibits Sex Offender Group Homes

The Puyallup City Council will review the first draft of an ordinance that would prohibit clusters of sex offenders and violent felons in residential neighborhoods.

The Puyallup City Council is poised to discuss a zoning amendment that would prohibit clusters of sex offenders from living together in residential neighborhoods.

The council will review the first draft of the ordinance at the regular Feb. 5 meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

This piece of city law would prohibit two or more sex offenders from living under the same roof in any residential zone in Puyallup. It also requires that the property owner must submit and receive a conditional use permit (CUP) before allowing two or more sex offenders or violent felons from living in the same residence within the city's central business district and zones. The city would not issue a CUP if a similar permit has already been issued for another dwelling within 880 feet. The CUP process requires a public hearing before the hearing examiner and allows Puyallup leaders to seek conditions that address public safety and welfare.

The ordinance also would add a new chapter to Puyallup's business licensing regulations, allowing the city to impose additional conditions in a business license to address harmful impacts on the community from certain businesses such as airports, hazardous waste facilities, and facilities where two or more sex offenders reside.  For example, the city could require a "significant impact business" to provide high amounts of liability insurance, to post a bond, or provide other types of security.         

The council will discuss these law changes, but a vote on the ordinance is not expected.

See the full agenda here.

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tjs February 04, 2013 at 02:43 PM
STOP putting up all these new laws that A: do NOT protect children and B: Cost your city, county, and state LOTS AND LOTS of TAXPAYER money!
nineteen84 February 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
This - the proposed ordinance text - from the agenda on the city website: "No owner, occupant, or other person or entity in control of a dwelling shall knowingly lease to or allow two or more persons to reside in a dwelling located in RS zone when such persons are required to register as a sex offender pursuant to RCW 9A.44.130 and/or have been convicted of any of the following offenses: 1) a serious violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030(45), a violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030(54), residential burglary (RCW 9A.52.025), Burglary 2 (9A.52.020), Malicious Mischief 1st (9A.48.070), or Theft 1 (9A.56.030)." This residency restrictions applies, in addition to sex offense registrants, to burglars and thieves. Who is next??? As some uncomfortable voices have predicted, the move to register and control persons convicted of a sexually related offense is only a test bed and is going to be expanded under the mantel of protecting safety and property values. Dear Citizens, when it is time to restrict YOUR residency for whatever you may have done in the past do not complain unless you spoke up this time. George Orwell says 'hello'.
robert mc dowell February 28, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I commend the city council for making a decision that will keep our neighborhoods safer and more upgraded. Even though no one wants any criminals in our neighborhood, one is better than no limit. Actually criminals should not be allowed in any hard working decent neighborhood. Hard working people struggle to purchase a home and try to keep the neighborhood respectable. Even if a small amount of criminal element is allowed in the neighborhood, it will attract even more criminals of different unwanted caliber of people. Thank you again for trying to keep our homes and the neighborhood atmosphere one of relaxation, respect and safety. I realize they have to be somewhere, but the older section of downtown would be a better place for them, simply because that is where most of them conjugate anyway. Criminals in decent neighborhoods see it as an opportunity to take what isn’t theirs or to hurt decent people or to take advantage of them.

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