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Posted on: August 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City Council to Consider Updated Camping Ordinance on Aug. 8

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On Aug. 8, the Santa Rosa City Council will consider a recommendation by the Housing and Community Services Department that Council introduce an ordinance repealing and replacing Chapter 11-22 of the Santa Rosa City Code (Camping on Public Streets and Public Property). The purpose is to eliminate a blanket ban on camping on public property to align with Martin v. City of Boise, a 2019 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to establish standards for camping on public or private property that protect the health and safety of the community. 

Chapter 11-22 of the Santa Rosa City Code – Camping on Public Streets and Public Property (Camping Ordinance) was adopted by Council in 1994 and applies to camping on public and private property within the Santa Rosa city limits. The current Camping Ordinance prohibits camping on public property and conflicts with Martin v. City of Boise, which prohibits cities from criminally enforcing camping restrictions on public property if there is no alternative shelter available for those facing enforcement. The update to the Camping Ordinance will eliminate the City’s current blanket ban on camping on public property and establish camping standards that are protective of the public health and safety of all Santa Rosa residents. 

Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday August 8, 2023, at or after 5:00 p.m. 

Meeting access information (including instructions) and meeting documents are available online on the City's Legistar Website.  

Members of the public can participate in the meeting by attending in person from Council Chamber at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue or via Zoom Webinar with the credentials listed below:

Online Access: www.zoom.us/join - Meeting ID: 868 7677 9687 
Phone Access: Dial: 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) Meeting ID: 868 7677 9687 

Comments and questions may be directed to Kelli Kuykendall, Housing and Community Services Manager, City of Santa Rosa, 90 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, telephone (707) 543-3300, or [email protected].

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