A nearby business owner is appealing the approval of a plan by Redwood Community Services to offer daytime services year-round, plus overnight shelter during the winter, to the homeless on South State Street.
“This permanent homeless shelter will change Ukiah’s character drastically and irrevocably,” said Ed Haynes, a veterinarian who owns Ukiah Veterinary Hospital, which is about three blocks south of the proposed shelter site at 1045 S. State St., and “two doors north of Plowshares.”
“This change is not going to be for the better – our transient numbers will increase,” Haynes told the Ukiah City Council Wednesday, the day he filed an appeal of the Ukiah Planning Commission’s decision to grant the necessary permits for the project.
“This is not a typical planning issue,” Haynes continued. “We should get input from the city itself, as well as all of the business owners affected.”
Craig Schlatter, director of the city’s planning department, said according to city code, “any interested party can appeal (such decisions), provided they state the reasons for their appeal and pay the requisite fee.”
Schlatter said Haynes filed his appeal within 10 days of the Planning Commission’s approval on July 26, paid the $150 fee, and also appeared at the meeting to state his objections in person prior to the vote.
At the July 26 meeting, Haynes said he was not in favor of the project in general, but also objected to how the surrounding business owners were notified of the permitting process.
“My first notification of this was in the newspaper yesterday,” Haynes told the commission, explaining later…
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