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Aurora City Council urban camping ban passes 1st read

The ban would prohibit all urban camping on private and public property within Aurora.

AURORA, Colo. — A proposed camping ban passed through a first read during a regular meeting of the Aurora City Council Monday evening.

The ordinance passed 6-5 just before midnight, with the tie-breaking vote coming from Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman.

The ban would prohibit all urban camping on private and public property within Aurora. It would also require a three-day notice before an unauthorized camp is swept or shut down.

An accompanying resolution also passed a first read that would require the city to have shelter space available for every person in the camp before a sweep happens.

Second readings and voting on the ban and accompanying resolution are forthcoming.

Monday's meeting featured nearly 50 people speaking out both in favor of and against the ban. 

Coffman previously introduced a camping ban in May 2021, but that proposal failed in repeated 5-5 tie votes, the Denver Gazette reports. In November, the City Council flipped from an even party split to a Republican majority, with six of the 10 members leaning right.

Denver has had an urban camping ban in place since 2012. 

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