Chapter 18.59   SECURE COMMUNITY TRANSITION FACILITIES

Sections:


18.59.010   Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards that the city will apply to guide the review, siting and development of any secure community transition facility (SCTF), consistent with the definitions and requirements of RCW 71.09 as well as community well-being. The city's review procedures and criteria are intended to ensure that it has an opportunity to identify and address the location, security and impacts of any SCTF that may be sited within the city at the direction of the State Department of Social and Health Services.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.59.020   Review procedures.

A.

An application to site a SCTF within the city is processed as a conditional use according to the procedures of Chapter 18.08.

B.

A city decision to approve a SCTF as a conditional use may include reasonable conditions of approval to address operational issues or mitigate potential impacts to the community as identified in Section 18.12.010.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.59.030   Decision criteria.

An application for a secure SCTF may be approved only if all of the following criteria are satisfied:

The proposal satisfies the decision criteria of Chapter 18.12;

A.

No other SCTF as provided in Chapter 71.09 RCW has been approved for siting within King County;

B.

The proposed location for a SCTF complies with all provisions of state law, including requirements for public safety, staffing, security, and training, and those standards must be maintained for the duration of the use;

C.

The proposed location for a SCTF is not adjacent to, immediately across the street or parking lot from, or within line-of-site of a "risk-potential activity/facility." A "risk-potential activity/facility" is a public or private school, school bus stop, licensed day care, licensed pre-school, public park, publicly dedicated trail, sports field, playground, recreational and/or community center, church, synagogue, temple, mosque, or public library. A "risk-potential activity/facility" does not include bus stops established primarily for public transit; and

D.

An analysis of the proposed site and alternative locations, prepared by the applicant, concludes that the proposed site is the most appropriate. The analysis shall include, at a minimum, the following:

1.

Each site's capability to meet the basic siting criteria for the facility, such as site area, physical characteristics of the site, access, availability of necessary utilities and support services, and the location-relevant criteria in 18.59.030;

2.

An assessment of the need for the proposed facility in the selected location, compared to identified alternative sites that meet the applicant's basic siting criteria. This evaluation shall give greater weight to sites that are farther from risk-potential activity/facilities as identified in 18.59.030(F). Potential response time by law enforcement agencies shall also be included in the assessment of the proposed and alternative locations; and

3.

Proposed mitigation measures to alleviate or minimize significant potential impacts to adjacent properties and the community in general.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)

18.59.040   Development requirements.

A.

An SCTF shall be located on property of sufficient size and frontage to allow the residents an opportunity for secure, on-site recreational activities typically associated with daily needs and routines for group living;

B.

The State Department of Social and Health Services shall execute a mitigation agreement with the city if State funds are available to train, educate, and inform local law enforcement and governmental staff in coordination, emergency procedures, program and facility information, legal requirements, and resident profiles;

C.

No SCTF shall house more than four persons or the number of persons requested by DSHS after DSHS both demonstrates a need for additional beds in compliance with Chapter 71.09 RCW and it demonstrates compliance with Chapter 71.09 RCW's "equitable distribution" requirements; and

D.

The SCTF shall be located in relation to transportation facilities in a manner appropriate to the transportation needs of the SCTF residents.

(Ord. No. 909, § 2 (Exh. A), 6-18-2009)