The following were among actions taken at the June 12 meeting of the District of Columbia Council.

SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS -- The council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would scale back the city's obligation to provide overnight shelter for the homeless.

The bill, intended to modify Initiative 17, the District's right-to-shelter law, would place a 30-day-limit on how long a person could stay at a shelter and a 90-day-limit on how long a person with children could stay. The bill also would require homeless people who have jobs to pay a portion of their income for their temporary housing and would require people without jobs to provide community service.

The bill also would require the city to put the money paid by shelter residents into an escrow account, which the residents would be able to use to help pay for permanent housing.

Under the current law, approved in a 1984 voter initiative, the city must spend whatever it takes to provide shelter for anyone who requests it.

OFFICE OF ZONING -- The council gave final approval to a bill that would create a new independent agency called the Office of Zoning. It would provide technical, professional and administrative staff for the D.C. Zoning Commission and the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment.

These functions are now performed by the Zoning Secretariat division of the Office of Planning, which is part of the executive branch.

The council is transferring these functions to an new agency to make it independent from the executive branch. The Zoning Commission would appoint a director for the new Office of Zoning as well as other staff.

The bill would require the BZA and the Zoning Commission to continue to give "great weight" to the recommendations by the mayor's Office of Planning.

The legislation requires approval of the mayor and would be effective after a 30-day period of congressional review.

PIZZA DELIVERY -- The council approved a bill requiring drivers delivering fast food in the city to take defensive driving courses, and their employers to pay for commercial insurance on the cars they drive.

Council member James Nathanson (D-Ward 3) proposed the legislation after residents complained to him that some drivers delivering pizza and Chinese food were speeding through their neighborhoods.

Currently, some local delivery companies require drivers to use their own vehicles and do not provide them with commercial insurance. In the event of an accident, those vehicles are not covered.

The legislation requires approval of the mayor and would be effective after a 30-day period of congressional review.

CONDOMINIUM TRASH CREDIT -- The council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would provide tax credits to owners of condominiums and cooperatives that do not receive trash collection services from the city.

The bill would require the mayor to submit a proposed tax credit to the council 90 days after the legislation becomes effective.

NAVY LAND TRANSFER -- The council passed a resolution allowing the transfer to the Navy of portions of city-owned streets adjacent to the Navy's Bellvue Housing Complex in Ward 8 . The transfer will allow the Navy to install an eight-foot-high fence that would provide greater security for the enlisted men and their families who live in the complex. The area is presently unfenced.

The resolution allows the city to tranfer to the Navy parts of Chesapeake Street SW, Magazine Road SW and Overlook Avenue SW. The Navy would be responsible for maintenance of the streets. The resolution becomes effective after it is published in the D.C. Register, the D.C. Statues-at-Large or the D.C. Municipal Regulations.