Planning Commission Tables Talk Of Pine City Homeless Shelter
In Pine City, a proposed plan to allow a homeless shelter in town was tabled at last week’s Planning Commission Meeting. The homeless shelter, which would be called “A Place For You,” is designed to be a safe place for people in distress that also provides for basic needs and offers resources.
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Planning Commission heard some comments from the public on the proposed shelter, and decided that the public needed more information before proceeding. In order for the shelter to become a reality, an ordinance amendment would be necessary to designate areas in and around Main Street in Pine City as acceptable for a community living arrangement. Then, a conditional use permit to operate the shelter would also need to be issued.
Members of the Planning Commission proposed and ratified a plan to notify all area businesses that could be affected by the ordinance amendment before any further discussion on the topic will occur.
A Place For You would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Would-be residents would have to pass a criminal background check, have no criminal history for crimes against people for at least 10 years, and would be subject to drug testing before and during their time at the facility.
A Place For You would be available for people who have lived in Pine County, Isanti County, Chisago County, Kanabec County or Mille Lacs County for at least 30 days.
Expect more information on this to come out soon.