Puyallup City Council approves moratorium to stall state law addressing homelessness

Puyallup’s City Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium to stall a state law that would allow emergency homeless shelters to be built.

PUYALLUP, Wash. — The Puyallup City Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium Tuesday night to stall a state law that would allow emergency homeless shelters to be built. 

House Bill 1220 prohibits cities from excluding transitional and emergency housing in multifamily residential zones, meaning starting Sept. 30, cities like Puyallup could no longer ban indoor shelters in zones where hotels are allowed. 

City officials approved the moratorium because they said the Sept. 30 deadline may not be enough time to update their zoning

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