@BR Boxtext p6:The proposed ordinance would classify group homes into two categories: group residential facilities and group treatment facilities. Group residential facilities would include establishments housing people with disabilities or some sort of impairment.
The second category, group treatment facilities, is identified as providing community living for people with “physical, mental, emotional, familial or social difficulties.” Under the proposed ordinance, this type of facility would be permitted in only general commercial and general industrial districts and would not be permitted in residential areas.
If the ordinance is approved, both kinds of homes would require a special use permit that would be approved or revoked by City Council. While a hearing would be necessary for council to revoke any permit, the ordinance does provide the mayor the authority to revoke a permit in an emergency situation.
Opponents of the ordinance said the permit could be an excuse to shut down homes, while proponents argue it could curb violence near homes.
Group homes would also have to keep a current listing of residents to maintain their permit and would have to pay a $100 fee each year.