Draft Emergency Housing Ordinance Available for Review

The draft Emergency Housing Ordinance is available for public review:

pdf Draft Emergency Housing Ordinance, November 23, 2021 (195 KB)

pdf Draft Application for Temporary Emergency Housing, November 23, 2021 (201 KB)  

The draft Emergency Housing Ordinance allows for the development of temporary housing in the City of Kalamazoo and outlines the parameters required for its development. This Ordinance does not pick the locations where it may occur; but outlines HOW it can occur. Housing providers would be responsible for proposing locations, applying for permits, and hosting a public informational meeting prior to the development of this type of housing.

The pdf Draft Emergency Housing Ordinance (195 KB)  includes the following provisions:


Permits are required from the City to open an emergency housing facility. The Emergency Housing Facility Permit requires the housing provider to do the following:

  1. Submit a complete application ( pdf Draft Application for Temporary Emergency Housing (201 KB) ) to Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED), including the following:
    • Facility Plan
    • Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City and property owner (if different than the housing provider or City).
    • Public Meeting Information
  2. Attend the review of the application at a Projects Meeting. Revisions to the application may be required before the review process is completed.
  3. Work with the City Attorney and City Manager’s office to review the MOU. Revisions to the MOU may be required before it is finalized.
  4. Host a public informational meeting, inviting the neighborhood association and adjacent neighbors, at a minimum to provide detailed information on the proposed housing and answer questions and concerns.

The Emergency Housing Facility Permit may be approved after the application is determined to meet the permit requirements and after a public informational meeting is held. Additional permits and review periods for utilities or other development elements may be required. The facility will be inspected by City staff prior to opening.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Emergency Housing Facility Permit application includes an MOU between the housing provider, the City, and the property owner (if the property owner is a 3rd party). The MOU outlines how the housing will be developed, administered, managed, and enforced. The MOU is a binding agreement between the housing provider and the City. Failure to follow the provisions in the MOU could lead to termination of the permit and the emergency housing being provided. The MOU includes items such as the following:

  1. On-site social services and support systems
  2. Plan for management, operations, and community living guidelines, including:
    • Length of stay
    • Termination of occupancy policy
    • Warning and infraction policy
    • Alcohol and drug use policy
    • Guest policy
    • Bicycle and vehicle allowance and policy
    • Pet allowances, including type, number, pet registration, and/or veterinary care
    • Quiet hours
    • Security
    • Building and property maintenance between occupants and during long term stays
    • Maintenance of the site during inclement weather
  3. Anti-discrimination policy
  4. Acknowledgement of termination date for emergency housing
  5. Provision for periodic inspections by City Staff

Emergency Housing Development Standards

The emergency housing will be developed using the standards in the Ordinance, which includes such items as the following:

  1. Compliance with the City’s Code of Ordinances
  2. Housing, driveways, walkways, and parking areas must be on an improved surface.
  3. Setbacks between housing of 10’ and around the perimeter of the lot of 20’.
  4. Lockable doors and windows with a master key accessible to emergency services and service providers.
  5. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in each building
  6. Cooking limited to buildings with access to water, sewer, and electrical utilities
  7. Outdoor storage of personal items is not permitted
  8. Housing occupancy is based on the manufactures’ specifications

The above must be detailed in the Emergency Housing Facility Permit application along with the Facility Plan, which includes the following:

  1. Site layout (dimensioned)
    • housing with individual unit addresses
    • service structures with individual addresses
    • driveway access & parking, including vehicle & bike, staff and guest parking
    • landscaping, screening, & fencing
    • lot setbacks
    • existing buildings within twenty feet of the facility’s property
    • adjacent streets and transit facilities.
  2. Security plans, including on-site staff and physical site improvements
  3. Emergency service plan, including site map(s) and installation locations, master key access, and emergency access
  4. Table with number of shelter units, size of unit, occupancy, amenity structures, & fixture count
  5. Building systems approval report (or equivalent), floor plans, and/or manufactured specifications for shelters and amenity structures

Kalamazoo Seeks Nominations for Social Justice Youth Awards

Awards recognize service, volunteerism and leadership

The City of Kalamazoo is currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Social Justice Youth Awards. The awards recognize youth between the ages of 12 and 19 for community service, volunteerism, and leadership for causes that promote justice and equity for everyone.

Nominations are accepted from adults who work with youth, such as teachers, advisors, mentors, or coaches. Nominations can be submitted online, by mail, or by email through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30 at https://www.kalamazoocity.org/mlk

The City of Kalamazoo presents one award in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Additional awards are also presented by the program’s sponsors: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Consumers Energy, Fifth Third Bank, Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War, Life EMS, Lodge-Dennis, and Schupan & Sons. Award recipients also receive a $300 scholarship.

The award winners will be recognized by the City Commission as part of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

ELECTRONIC MEETING NOTICE - Planning Commission - December 2, 2021

The Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

This meeting will be conducted electronically under the authority of the Michigan Open Meetings Act (PA 267 of 1976) as amended by Public Act 254 of 2020; and Resolution 21-17, A RESOLUTION DECLARING A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERMITTING THE CITY COMMISSION AND OTHER PUBLIC BODIES OF THE CITY TO MEET BY ELECTRONIC AND TELEPHONIC MEANS.

Accessing the Meeting

The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgXSSXLSDxThVaaiRMsR5Q).

Members of the public without computer or internet access can listen to the meeting by calling 269.552.6425 and entering Meeting ID 915 7095 7454 when prompted.

Public Input and Participating in the Meeting

Once published, the agenda will be available on the City’s website at the following location:  https://kalamazoomi.civicclerk.com/web/home.aspx.

Persons who wish to contact members of the Planning Commission to provide input about items on the meeting agenda or to make general comments may do so on December 2nd between 6:30 p.m. and the end of the public comment period by calling 269.226.6573 and leaving a recording.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in this meeting should contact The City Clerk’s Office at cokcityclerk@kalamazoocity.org by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30th to request assistance.

The live stream of this meeting on the City’s Facebook page will feature Closed Captioning in real time. After the meeting a recording with Closed Captioning will be available on both the City’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

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