May 7, 2019 | Parking Regulations, Trees and More
Posted on 05/10/2019

The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the May 7, 2019, meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here. View past City Council roundups at newcastlewa.gov/councilrecaps.

COUNCIL AMENDS PARKING REGULATIONS

The City Council approved amendments to Newcastle parking regulations in an effort to address transparency and enforcement challenges. The updated regulations come after the City received various citizen complaints regarding vehicles parked in areas for more than 24 hours.

The new parking regulations addresses those concerns, particularly in the downtown area, where there is now a clarified 24-hour parking limit on streets and public right-of-ways. Under the previous code, the driver could move the vehicle an inch and legally start the clock on another 24 hours. Drivers must now move their car to a different block. This regulation applies to the City’s Community Business Center area, which also includes Newcastle Golf Club Road, 129th Avenue Southeast from Newcastle Way to Southeast 73rd Place and the west side of 132nd Avenue Southeast.

There’s a greater level of leniency in residential areas, where there’s now a 72-hour parking limit on City streets. The requirement to move the vehicle to another block does not apply to residential areas. 

There is, however, 24-hour parking limits for RVs, boat vessels and unhooked trailers on streets in residential areas. Drivers also cannot park vehicles more than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight in residential areas. There are certain exemptions, for example, commercial vehicles engaged in deliveries or trucks supporting activities such as construction or moving services are allowed, but only for the time necessary.

Resources: Parking Regulation Agenda | Ordinance Adopting New Parking Regulations

GENERAL UPDATES

— The City Council approved a contract for the 2019 Pavement Management Program, which provides funds for repair, rehabilitation and/or overlay of the City’s streets. See the list of streets slated for repair under this contract here.

— City staff presented preliminary designs for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the western portion of Southeast May Creek Park Drive. The designs were shared for information only and no action was taken. The project is currently unfunded, though some Councilmembers expressed support for the sidewalk project due to safety concerns on the roadway.

— The City Council continued its discussion about tree regulations and the City’s efforts to retain, preserve and conserve existing trees and landscape. They discussed the possibility of expanding the allowed uses of City tree fee-in-lieu funds. As City code currently states, if significant trees cannot be retained or replaced on site of a development, “the applicant shall pay a fee in lieu of retained or replaced trees. The fee-in-lieu may be used to satisfy all or part of the significant tree retention or replacement requirements.” The City is exploring whether those funds could be used for capital improvements relating to tree acquisition, preservation, conservation and protection, such as efforts to protect the Dalpay property from logging.

— The City Council awarded a contract to a firm that will create preliminary design alternatives for potential signalization at the private road intersection (the Hansen Bros. access road near Tapatio’s) on Coal Creek Parkway.

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. You can also email your thoughts to councilmembers. To send a message to the entire council, email the city clerk at saram@newcastlewa.gov. You can also email them individually (view all councilmember emails here).  

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