City of Paducah homeless shelter requirements


PADUCAH — The city of Paducah's homeless shelter requirements are below:

Homeless Shelter Text Agreement

The Mayor and Commissioners approved an ordinance allowing homeless shelters within the Paducah city limits.  The ordinance creates section 126-72 within the zoning ordinance.  On November 21, the Paducah Planning Commission held a public hearing and made a positive recommendation regarding the addition of the new section.  The new section outlines requirements for a homeless shelter including location constraints, permit requirements, and shelter standards.  Among other items, for a shelter to be approved it must have a continuous, on-site operator, an approved code of conduct for its residents, adequate external lighting, laundry facilities, and a written management plan.  The Planning Department also feels the ordinance will satisfy the Fair Housing Act.  Before any structure could be utilized as a homeless shelter, an application for a Conditional Use Permit would need to be filed which would include a public hearing and Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment approval.

Sec. 126-72. - Homeless shelters.

The purpose of this section is to establish regulations for the location of homeless shelters in the R-3, R-4, B-1, B-3, M-1, M-2 and M- 3 zones. Objectives include minimizing land use conflicts and ensuring that there are adequate services for homeless individuals within the vicinity of the shelter. (1)

"Shelter for the homeless" shall mean housing that is limited to occupancy of 365 days or less by a homeless person.


Conditional use permit required. Homeless shelters shall only be permitted in the zones listed herein upon receipt of a conditional use permit. The operation of all shelters for the homeless within the City of Paducah shall be contingent upon receiving a conditional use permit from the Board of Adjustment in accordance with section 126-68 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Paducah.


Each shelter for the homeless shall comply with the following conditions:


A shelter for the homeless shall provide a minimum of 200 square feet of heated building space per resident.


Shelters for the homeless may not be located within 1,000 feet of any other shelter for the homeless, or from any use which could be classified as a Shelter for the homeless.




Shelters for the homeless shall be fully contained within a building owned and/or operated by a government agency or nonprofit organization.


The operator of a shelter for the homeless shall provide continuous, on-site supervision by an employee and/or volunteer during all hours of operation.


No retail sales shall take place on the property of any shelter for the homeless.


Maximum occupancy. A shelter for the homeless may house no more than 50 residents.


All homeless shelters shall create and adopt a Code of Conduct that shall be enforced at all times. The Code of Conduct shall include at a minimum the following language:


Possession or use of illegal drugs is not permitted on the premises.


Alcohol is not permitted on the premises.


Weapons are not permitted on the premises.


Violence is not permitted on the premises.


Fires are not permitted on the premises.


Loitering in the surrounding neighborhood is not permitted.


Littering on the premises or surrounding neighborhood is not permitted.


A copy of this Code of Conduct shall be provided to the Zoning Administrator of the City of Paducah for review by the Board of Adjustment.


Lighting. Adequate external lighting shall be provided for security purposes. The lighting shall be stationary, directed away from adjacent properties and public rights-of-way, and of intensity compatible with the neighborhood.


Laundry facilities. The development shall provide laundry facilities or laundry services adequate for the number of residents.


Common facilities. The development may provide one or more of the following specific common facilities for the exclusive use of the residents and staff:


Central cooking and dining room(s).


Recreation room.


Counseling center.


Child care facilities.


Other support services.


Outdoor activity. For the purposes of noise abatement in residential districts, organized outdoor activities may only be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.


Staff and services shall be available to assist residents in obtaining permanent shelter and income.


The operator of a shelter for the homeless shall have a written management plan including, as applicable, provisions for staff training, neighborhood outreach, security, screening of residents to insure compatibility with services provided at the facility, and for training, counseling, and treatment programs for residents.


Maximum unit density. Homeless shelters located in residential districts, when not developed in an individual dwelling unit format, shall not be subject to the underlying zoning district's maximum unit density standard, but the number of beds shall be limited to six times the maximum number of dwelling units which would otherwise be permitted.


Shelters for homeless shall be located within 2,500 feet of a public transportation route.

(Ord. No. 2011-12-789, § 1, 12-20-2011)