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Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Redmond tent-city permit appeals filed

Ten appeals have been filed in response to the permit issued by Redmond that allows a homeless encampment to stay at St. Jude Catholic Church.

A hearing examiner will consider the appeals at a hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 22.

After the hearing, the examiner will issue a decision, which may be appealed to the Redmond City Council.

In December, Redmond planning director Rob Odle approved a conditional-use permit for Tent City 4 to stay at the church, 10526 166th Ave. N.E., for a maximum of 110 days beginning Feb. 11.

The church is near Redmond Junior High School, Horace Mann Elementary School and Norman Rockwell Elementary School.

The permit limits Tent City 4 parking to five vehicles inside the church parking lot and none in the neighborhood; requires the church to provide sidewalk monitors during the hours children are going to and from school; requires background checks for new residents to be processed through the Redmond Police Department; and prohibits Tent City 4 from conducting neighborhood foot patrols in the adjoining neighborhood, among other conditions.

Tent City organizers filed one of the appeals, including the conditions on sidewalk monitors and the ban on foot patrols, said Redmond senior planner Steven Fischer.

The appeals from opponents to the encampment site range from people who want Redmond to deny the permit entirely to those who want to require the church to hire private security and provide liability insurance, Fischer said.

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