Dublin Villager

'Adult family homes'

Proposed zoning amendments sent back for staff review

By

Proposed amendments to Dublin's zoning code regarding "adult family homes" did not go very far recently.

After asking city staff members to review laws about residential facilities that provide care for up to five adults with disabilities, council last week unanimously rejected proposed amendments and asked staff to go back to the drawing board.

Residents had previously approached council about the adult family homes that are permitted in single-family residential areas per state law over the past few months with concerns.

Although state law prohibits the restrictions a city can place on adult family homes, current case law allows a 500-foot distance between facilities.

The amendments to Dublin Zoning Code proposed last week by staff included the "500-foot distance between such uses," the staff report to council stated.

It also allowed the facilities in multiple family housing areas and requires public notice beyond the 30-day newspaper notice currently required.

Council members said they didn't believe the amendments went far enough.

"I don't believe this represents an appropriate resolution," Councilman Tim Lecklider said to the applause of the audience.

Lecklider and other council members said they've heard from residents about their concerns of too many Adult Family Homes in one area.

Currently there are three adult family homes in Dublin.

"This issue requires additional review," Mayor Mike Keenan said. "We are hearing you. We are listening."

Parking is one concern heard by council members.

Because the adult family homes are based in single-family neighborhoods, residents said employees often park in the street because there is no other parking available to them.

Concerns of residents also lie in the number of adult family homes in one area. Some residents said they've heard rumors of several homes in one neighborhood being purchased for adult family homes.

The facilities, however, are based on placing patients in a normal, balanced neighborhood.

"Council does understand there is some uncomfortableness with what has been proposed," Lecklider said.

"We've received a number of emails. I think that it is important for us to give it more thoughtful consideration."

Dublin Law Director Stephen Smith said different amendments regarding adult family homes will be brought to council in June, but meeting with state legislators to facilitate a change in state law would take longer.

"These are two separate issues," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said, urging staff to bring something to council by their June 9 meeting.

"We know the state legislature won't address this until the lame duck session in the fall."

Comments