Legal Review of Prohibited Camping Code

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In response to a recent change in Oregon laws, the City of Wilsonville's Legal department is undertaking a review and revision of its prohibited camping regulations. In 2021, the State of Oregon passed House Bill (HB) 3115 and 3124, which impose new requirements on local governments’ regulations around prohibited camping.

The City must review (and likely update) existing regulations to be compliant with new laws that provide some compassionate protections for people experiencing homelessness.

***Note: the City Council has NOT directed staff to establish a new policy direction. This project is a State-mandated undertaking by staff to put City Code in alignment with new Oregon laws that provide compassionate protections for people experiencing homelessness. These laws prohibit cities from banning camping outright. We recommend reading the FAQ below for valuable context before completing the survey***

The City seeks to implement thoughtful policy that complies with these laws and best meets the community’s needs, and is seeking public input. Generally, new laws stipulate that individuals cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives, or unless the law imposes “reasonable time, place and manner” restrictions on the regulated activities in public space.

The City is working to share this information with the community via the City’s social channels, the Boones Ferry Messenger and other methods. If you have additional questions about the project, contact City Attorney Amanda Guile-Hinman at guile@ci.wilsonville.or.us or 503-570-1509.

In response to a recent change in Oregon laws, the City of Wilsonville's Legal department is undertaking a review and revision of its prohibited camping regulations. In 2021, the State of Oregon passed House Bill (HB) 3115 and 3124, which impose new requirements on local governments’ regulations around prohibited camping.

The City must review (and likely update) existing regulations to be compliant with new laws that provide some compassionate protections for people experiencing homelessness.

***Note: the City Council has NOT directed staff to establish a new policy direction. This project is a State-mandated undertaking by staff to put City Code in alignment with new Oregon laws that provide compassionate protections for people experiencing homelessness. These laws prohibit cities from banning camping outright. We recommend reading the FAQ below for valuable context before completing the survey***

The City seeks to implement thoughtful policy that complies with these laws and best meets the community’s needs, and is seeking public input. Generally, new laws stipulate that individuals cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives, or unless the law imposes “reasonable time, place and manner” restrictions on the regulated activities in public space.

The City is working to share this information with the community via the City’s social channels, the Boones Ferry Messenger and other methods. If you have additional questions about the project, contact City Attorney Amanda Guile-Hinman at guile@ci.wilsonville.or.us or 503-570-1509.

Page last updated: 13 Jan 2023, 05:29 PM