Transcript City of Hemet City Council
HEMET ROCS “Restoring Our Community Strategy” Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) April 5, 2012 What is Hemet ROCS? • Hemet ROCS is a Comprehensive Program designed to stabilize & restore our Residential Neighborhoods and the larger Community • Involves the City Council, other Government Officials, the Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Community to partner together to identify the issues and formulate solutions • Establishes a Multi-disciplinary staff team to draft & implement the ordinances & programs RESTORING OUR COMMUNITY PREMISE: PROPERTY STANDARDS HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS PROPERTY OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES TENENT REQUIREMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES Benefits to the Community • Higher quality of life; • More stable, safer, and attractive residential neighborhoods; • Deterrent to criminal behavior and opportunity • Makes Landlords more accountable for tenant selection and behavior • Affordable housing to seniors and families without sacrificing high standards and quality; • Provides City with ability to better protect the community • Enhanced community image and opportunity to attract and retain businesses Ordinance Status Report • • 19 potential ordinances/programs have been identified to date 6 ordinances/programs have already been adopted, and are being implemented: – – – – – – Prohibition of medical marijuana dispensaries Regulation of Shopping carts “Florida First” Program Moratorium on smoke shops and hookah lounges Sex Offender Location Restrictions Sex offender Residency Restrictions Status • 2 Draft ordinances are scheduled for review by the City Council at their April 24th meeting – Drug & Gang Related Crime on residential property – Abatement of Chronic Nuisance Properties • 2 additional draft ordinances have been prepared and are under review and final drafting by the Technical Advisory Team before being presented to CAC: – Group Homes & Boarding Houses (revised) – Parolee/Probationer housing regulations Status • 3 Updates to existing ordinances are under preparation: – Updates to Administrative Citations – Update to Nuisance Abatement Ordinance – Update to Abandoned/Foreclosure Ordinance • 6 additional ordinances need research and review of other agencies and case law: – – – – – – Rental Unit Registration and Inspection Ordinance Landscape & Property Maintenance Motel residency Prostitution Abatement Alcoholic Beverage Permit regulations Business License Ordinance Revisions Drug & Gang-Related Crime on Residential Property Draft Ordinance holds Landlords responsible for knowingly allowing tenants to use the property for criminal activity that occurs on their property, such as drug traffic and gang- related crime Chronic Nuisance Properties Draft Chronic Nuisance Safety Ordinance holds landlords responsible for continued police calls and nuisance complaints on their rental property – “Chronic” is defined as multiple calls to the same residence in a period of time (i.e. 4 calls in 12 months). – “Nuisance activity” is identified as issues ranging from disturbing the peace to committing a felony – The landlord as well as the tenant can be charged for cost recovery of all related police/city services to respond to the call or abate the nuisance. – Penalties can include Administrative Citations, liens, or revocation of a Rental Housing Business License. – This type of ordinance addresses the behavior of the occupant, not the physical condition of the property IMPLEMENTATION • Reactive vs. Pro-active enforcement – Complaint and Patrol driven – Task Force Model: • Multi-departmental • Multi- agency • Funding Mechanisms for resources?? – – – – – – Cost recovery: administrative citations, liens Agency partnerships State & Federal Grants Volunteers CDBG General Fund Joint Agency Opportunities • Collaborate on ordinances and implementation strategies with San Jacinto and the County of Riverside for the entire Valley area – San Jacinto’s Valley ROCS Program – Supervisor Stone’s new Public Safety Program • Potential to partner with the City of San Jacinto and the County to develop a joint task force for creating and implementing the ROCS ordinances and programs • Collaborate with Government Agency Liaisons and the CAC in providing opportunities for education, public outreach, and enforcement efforts to implement the programs in the valley • Allocate resources to develop implementation programs and identify cost-recovery mechanisms Next Steps for the CAC • Provide any comments or feedback to the staff regarding the Hemet ROCS program and priorities for the ordinances, or others that should be considered • Comments from the Government Agency Representatives • Comments from the public (optional) • Topic for next agenda - options • Adjourn Thanks for being a Hemet ROCS Star!