Many cities and Snohomish County have rules where semi-trucks and RVs can be parked. (Lizz Giordano / Herald file)

Many cities and Snohomish County have rules where semi-trucks and RVs can be parked. (Lizz Giordano / Herald file)

Heavy trucks face new parking restrictions in neighborhoods

Snohomish County leaders passed a 12-hour parking limit for unincorporated residential areas.

EVERETT — Complaints about heavy trucks, trailers and other commercial vehicles parking on residential streets prompted the Snohomish County Council to enact new restrictions last week.

A new parking limit of 12 hours within a 24-hour period will apply to tractor trailers, large construction equipment and other types of vehicles on urban residential streets and adjacent areas outside city limits, where the county has jurisdiction. The restriction passed Wednesday on a 4-1 vote.

Councilwoman Stephanie Wright suggested the legislation after fielding calls from people who objected to trucks parking on arterials leading to 164th Street SW, such as Manor Way, Ash Way and Alderwood Mall Parkway. People reported semi trucks parking in those areas for weeks, even months.

“Each situation is different, but often it creates visibility issues, safety issues and complicates residential parking,” Wright said by email, after the vote.

Over the summer of 2017, three local teens died and another was injured when the car they were in crashed into a semi trailer parked facing the wrong direction along Alderwood Mall Parkway. Authorities said excessive speed, an inexperienced driver and marijuana use were factors in the early-morning collision, but said the semi was parked in a legal zone.

By law, a violation could be subject to a fine of up to $250. In practice, the ticket amount might be much less.

Council members included a sunset clause, effective Oct. 1, 2020. That should allow them to address unintended consequences or other concerns before enacting any permanent restrictions.

“We can test drive this for the next year and see if this vehicle helps out with the issue,” Wright said at Wednesday’s public hearing.

The restrictions would impose the parking restriction for heavy vehicles next to mobile home parks, townhomes and other multi-residential zones, as well as single-family neighborhoods.

Snohomish County is hardly the only jurisdiction looking to cut down on heavy trucks lingering near homes.

Since last year, both King and Pierce counties have updated their parking rules for commercial vehicles.

In Everett, vehicles longer than 20 feet, wider than 8 feet or heavier than 16,000 pounds are prohibited from parking in residential areas, unless they are on a job, loading or an emergency vehicle, a city official said this summer. In Marysville, semi-trucks are not allowed to park on city streets, except if it is an emergency vehicle, a city or public utility truck at work or is being unloaded or providing a service, such as construction, carpentry, plumbing or landscaping.

The new Snohomish County ordinance will apply to vehicles weighing at least 14,001 pounds.

Council Chairman Terry Ryan said he’s been noticing an increase in commercial vehicles parking in residential areas he represents in and around Lynnwood and Mill Creek, Bothell and Brier.

“I’m just thinking 20 years ago — I don’t remember trucks being parked everywhere,” Ryan said.

Councilman Sam Low cast the only no vote. He said he supports reforming the rules, but also has concerns about how the ordinance might impact small-business owners who need the vehicles for their livelihood. He believes mom-and-pop businesses are increasingly operating the heavy equipment, rather than large corporations.

“I definitely know we need to address it,” Low said. “I’m just not sure I got a solution that was balanced.”

The restrictions are likely to take effect in early November.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Staff are evaluating two more light rail alternatives for the Everett Link extension. One would follow Interstate 5 north of 128th Street SW to the Everett Mall and back to the freeway. Another would go west of 128th Street SW to Highway 99 and north to Casino Road. (Sound Transit)
Snohomish County leaders reject light rail routes bypassing Paine Field

Those options weren’t what voters approved — and would be like “butchering” the plan, the Snohomish County executive said.

A Sound Transit train arrives at Westlake Station in downtown Seattle. (Sue Misao / Herald file) May 2019
Should light rail skip Paine Field and Boeing? We asked, you answered

More than 300 Herald readers responded to an online poll. Here are the results.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Highway 9 work could disrupt travel through Lake Stevens

Construction is set for roundabouts on South Lake Stevens Road and one at North Davies Road and Vernon Road.

Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)
No penalty for Lynnwood council member’s ‘underinformed’ views on racism

The City Council didn’t censure Jim Smith after a report found he discriminated against a Black city employee.

All ears: Mukilteo couple provides surgery for kids born without ears

Dr. Prabhat and Trish Bhama are part of a HUGS volunteer team providing treatment for microtia in Guatemala.

(Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
U.S. 2 reopens east of Index as Bolt Creek wildfire moves north

The highway was blocked off earlier this week as the fire spread.

People gather outside of the new Northwest Carpenters Institute building prior to a grand opening celebration Thursday, Sep. 29, 2022, in Burlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Building a workforce: Northwest Carpenters expand training center

About 160 Snohomish County tradespeople take the apprentice classes in Burlington center. There’s ample room to grow.

A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
5 more bodies recovered from floatplane crash off Whidbey

About 80% of the plane, including the engine, was recovered using remotely operated vessels.

Conceptual rendering for a future section of Smokey Point Boulevard between 174th Place NE and 200th Street NE. (City of Arlington)
Plan seeks to transform Smokey Point Blvd. into ‘neighborhood corridor’

City officials hope roundabouts, sidewalks and more will turn 2 miles of busy road into a neighborhood street.

Most Read