Mountain View Voice

News - December 14, 2012

Zoning OK'd for group homes, homeless shelters

The City Council unanimously passed state-required zoning code changes on Dec. 4 to allow housing for the homeless and mentally ill to be located in Mountain View.

The approved zoning will allow "emergency shelters" for the homeless to be built in the city's general industrial districts, while "transitional" and "supportive" housing, such as group homes for the mentally ill, can be located in any residential area.

There was no opposition to the new zoning, which was also supported by the Environmental Planning Commission in a 4-0 vote.

The League of Women Voters called the changes "commendable" while Advocates for Affordable Housing said in a letter that the zoning changes "accurately reflect the intention of the new state guidelines."

-Daniel DeBolt

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