On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Mount Vernon City Council approved an emergency ordinance that establishes regulations for overnight parking in church parking lots. The “Limited Temporary Homeless Encampment” ordinance, commonly referred to as the “Safe Parking” ordinance, went into effect immediately, for a period of 6 months. In that six month “pilot” period, any church may notify the City of its intent to allow up to 5 vehicles (maximum 12 individuals) to park on the church parking lot from 6pm to 8am. Additional public input will be sought over the next 6 months, while staff works with churches and the general public to hone this ordinance, and to determine whether or not valid concerns regarding public safety are adequately addressed.
The details of the Safe Parking ordinance are described in the link below, which includes the 9/11/2019 City Council Memo, the proposed Ordinance for Council’s consideration (along with highlights), as well as letters that the City received as public comment on this topic.
Safe Parking Ordinance Information
State law requires a public hearing be held within 60-days of Council adoption of interim regulations. As such, a public hearing will be held on October 23, 2019 regarding the above-described interim regulations. This hearing will be held at the City's Police and Court Campus located at 1805 Continental Place at 7 PM.