News Review
Public Meeting on Zoning Regulations for Emergency Shelters
Posted Date: 5/16/2017
The City of Longview is undergoing a process to determine where emergency (homeless) shelters should be located in the City. A temporary committee was appointed to provide a recommendation for modifying the City’s zoning code. That committee has produced a draft proposal and wants to hear from the public before making a recommendation.

Under the proposal, emergency shelters would be allowed in the City’s General Commercial and Office/Commercial districts. Also shelters could not be within 1,000 feet of a school, 325 feet from a park or single-family residential neighborhood or within 1,000 feet of each other. The service provider would need to submit a “good neighbor agreement” detailing how they will minimize the impacts to the neighborhood. A public hearing is also required.

In addition, small shelters housing 10 or fewer clients would be allowed in the R-4 Residential District. These shelters must be drug and alcohol free and cannot house registered sex offenders. These small shelters are generally subject to the same requirements as given above. More information on the proposal is available at

The City is inviting the public to attend the public meeting and to provide comments. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the McClelland Center located at 951 Delaware Street, Longview, WA. For more information, contact Steve Langdon, Planning Manager at