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Wed Aug 17, 2022, 01:42 PM

State laws prompt changes in Everett city rules for shelters

EVERETT — State laws passed last year are pushing Everett officials to consider changing city codes that regulate shelters and the number of people who can live in a home.

House Bill 1220 bars cities and towns from banning transitional housing or permanent supportive housing in zones where housing or hotels are allowed. The bill, signed into law at the end of the 2021 legislative session, also protects indoor emergency housing and shelters.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 5235 prohibits cities and towns from regulating or limiting the number of residents in a dwelling.

Everett’s proposed code revisions are mostly minor deletions of outdated categories for housing and adding new definitions. The Everett Planning Commission recommended both sets of changes in 5-0 votes last month after public hearings that did not draw any public comments.


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