Planning commission narrowly votes in favor of warming shelter permit

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    Planning commission officials voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve a conditional use permit to allow a Lincoln City warming shelter to operate for three months when temperatures drop to 40 degrees or winds exceed 50 mph.

    The narrow vote allows Communities Helping Addicts Negotiate Change Effectively (C.H.A.N.C.E.), a support recovery service, to open its doors to anyone seeking shelter at its 4488 NE Devils Lake Blvd. location during Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

    The permit will be issued with additional conditions to be “hammered out” after the public hearing at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    Commission members voting “nay” gave reasons for their positions, with some saying “it was not the appropriate location,” and other reasons, such as a mitigation plan was not good enough and police resources would be overtaxed.

    Newport News Times wrote a detailed story on the imposed conditions.

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    Planning Commission to rule on warming shelter as conditional use

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