City of Kyle Consider Banning Camping Following Austin’s Decision
The mayor has expressed concern about displaced Austin campers moving to Kyle town.
Kyle, Texas – – The City of Kyle could be drafting a Camping and Begging Ordinance very soon.
Councilor Yvonne Flores-Cale said immediately that you cannot camp in parks. “I don’t want it to be just for parks. I want it to be general so people didn’t ask if I need a permit here, do I need a permit there, where can I camp?” She said.
She says there are a few camping and / or panhandling rules scattered across various city ordinances, but not a single organized city-wide camping ban that citizens must obey.
“I had a resident who turned to me and asked me about it. I was asked about it once and they said the state was working on it. I said no, we need our own. The state can change its mind on a later date,” said Flores-Cale.
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She addressed this at the council meeting on Tuesday, with the mayor acknowledging that the timing was closely linked to Austin’s decision to reintroduce the camping ban. “I don’t think it’s a problem now, but given the scale of the evictions that could be happening in Austin, we might as well find out what our position will be,” said Mayor Travis Mitchell.
The councilor said their motivation was simply safety for everyone. “I think it’s a feeling of security and security. Not just for the residents, but also for people who come here and may not have a place to go,” she said.
The process is still in its infancy, but the councilor hopes everyone will understand that she ultimately wants the best for the homeless and the community.
“I don’t want people to camp outside more than outside. When we see that as residents, we act. What do you need, how can we help you? We’re such a close community,” she said.
City officials will work out an ordinance, submit it to the council, and then hearings will take place before a vote.
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