MEDFORD, Ore. -- Medford City Council has a proposed camping ordinance underway. If passed it would ban people from setting up tents in Medford, including along the Bear Creek Greenway.
It would also prohibit people from sleeping or lying-in public space for more than 24 hours.
“If someone is setting up a camp in July on the Greenway where it's a fire safety risk, we wanted to make sure that law enforcement have the ability. If that individuals an unwilling to relocate to a safer location, to physically remove them from the situation. And that's, that's why it is characterized as a class C misdemeanor,” Deputy City Attorney Eric Mitton said.
Medford City Council began looking for a revised camping ordinance in February — attempting to carve out a path to enforce prohibitions against camping along the Bear Creek Greenway and other public sites without running afoul of several relevant court decisions and two bills making their way through the Oregon legislature.
The City Medford will be having a study session on Thursday to discuss the matter, but no final decision will be made. The following Thursday there will be a regular session and the matter will be going to a vote.