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A. “Apparent value or utility” in reference to personal property means property that is essential in practicality and significance to the owner’s daily life and well-being, and includes, but is not limited to, clothing, bedding, personal hygiene items, identification documents, and any tools or resources necessary for survival and meeting basic needs, maintaining dignity, and facilitating self-care. This definition does not include such property as nonfunctional or broken items, excessive or redundant items, hazardous or dangerous materials, or items with limited or no personal value.

B. “To camp” means to set up or to remain in or at a campsite.

C. “Campsite” means any place where bedding, sleeping bag, or other material used for bedding purposes, or any stove, fire, or cooking apparatus, other than in a designated picnic area, is placed, established, maintained, or occupied, so as to exclude the use of public property by the general public, whether or not such place incorporates the use of any tent, lean-to, shack, or any other structure, or any vehicle or part thereof.

D. “Established camping site” means a campsite that has been in its current location for at least five (5) days. In the absence of evidence regarding the age of a campsite, a camping site is presumed established.

E. “Designated space” are those areas designated by management to be a resting place for the involuntarily homeless.

F. “Shelter” are those areas of adequate shelter that are readily accessible by local public transit and that are designed and reasonably operated for the purpose of protecting involuntarily homeless persons and other at-risk populations.

G. “Involuntarily homeless” means a person who lacks access to suitable temporary shelter due to either financial inability or the unavailability of free, viable options.

H. “Occupy” or “occupancy” means to maintain physical control over a publicly owned area by a person’s private property, wherein the effect is that the general public is excluded from the use of the public property for more than two (2) hours. Occupancy shall not include recreational park use. (Ord. 3228, amended, 12/19/2023; Ord. 3063, amended, 06/05/2012)