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Halfway House


A facility for the housing, rehabilitation, and training of persons on probation, parole, or early release from correctional institutions, or other persons found guilty of criminal offenses

District Permitted

By SUP only in LI, RR, CS, MU-2, MU-2(SAH), MU-3, MU-3(SAH), and central area districts. A halfway house may not be located in a planned development district unless all of the requirements of this paragraph are met.

Required Off-Street Parking

Determined by the specific use permit. This requirement must include provision of adequate off-street parking for residents, staff, and visitors. In determining an adequate number of off-street parking spaces, the city council shall consider the degree to which allowing the use would create traffic hazards or congestion given the capacity of nearby streets, the trip generation characteristics of the use, the availability of public transit and the likelihood of its use, and the feasibility of traffic mitigation measures

Handicapped Parking

Must be provided if more than ten off-street parking spaces are required for this use.

Total number of required off-street parking spaces

Minimum number of handicapped spaces required

1 - 50


51 - 100


101 - 300


301 - 500


over 500

1% of Total

Required Off-Street Loading

Determined by the specific use permit

Additional Provisions

  • 1. No more than 50 residents are permitted in a halfway house. Halfway houses must be located at least 1000 feet from residential districts, single family, duplex, and multifamily uses, public parks and recreational facilities, child-care facilities, and public or private schools
  • 2. A halfway house may not be located within one mile from another halfway house
  • 3. A specific use permit for a halfway house shall be issued for a two year time period. Periodic review periods may be established as part of the specific use permit
  • 4. The treatment of alcoholic, narcotic, or sychiatric problems is allowed under this use if expressly permitted by the specific use permit
  • 5. This use shall comply with all applicable city, state, and federal codes and regulations
  • 6. Halfway houses must be located within 1200 feet of mass transit service
  • 7. A halfway house specific use permit application must include evidence of meetings between the applicant and property owners within the notification area. Evidence of meetings must include records reflecting the dates of the meetings, the individuals or organizations involved, and the issues discussed and resolved
  • 8. Signs identifying a use as a halfway house are not permitted
  • 9. Halfway house premises must be properly maintained in good condition at all times
  • 10. A security plan must be submitted with an application for a specific use permit for a halfway house. The security plan must demonstrate compliance with the security requirements of state law. The director shall furnish a copy of security plans for halfway houses to appropriate city, county, and state agencies for their review before the commission's consideration of an application. Provisions addressing security must be included in any ordinance granting a specific use permit for a halfway house. A compliance report must be submitted to the director every two years after the date of passage of an ordinance granting a specific use permit and with each application for renewal of a specific use permit for a halfway house
  • 11. Measurements of distance under this paragraph are taken radially. "Radial" measurement means a measurement taken along the shortest distance between the nearest point of the building site of the halfway house and the nearest point of the building site of another use, or of a zoning district boundary.


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