A discussion about whether homeless individuals should be allowed to camp on public property in the city is on tap for city commissioners tonight.
Commissioners have heard from some homeless service advocates that the city should designate an area in the city where camping would be legal. Currently, there are ordinances that prohibit camping in city parks and other pieces of public property.
The issue has drawn attention after city crews cleared a large homeless camp site along the Kansas River in October.
Commissioners previously referred the issue to the Community Commission on Homelessness for study. That advisory board said a majority of members did not support repealing the ordinances that prohibit camping, but the group is urging city commissioners to consider reviewing the ordinance in more detail.
Commissioners begin their regular meeting at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. They will have a study session with the city’s Community Development Advisory Committee at 5:30 p.m.