Spokane Valley council: 'I don't know where they'll be able to park'

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 10/8/2014

City council members in Spokane Valley, Wash., are moving forward with a plan to draft an ordinance restricting commercial trucks from parking on residential streets.

Spokane Valley City Clerk Chris Bainbridge told Land Line on Wednesday, Oct. 8, that the decision was made at the city council’s study session on Tuesday, Oct. 7. However, she added that the language that may be included in the proposed draft ordinance is still “very much up in the air.”

Bainbridge said the council will consider a motion on the issue at its next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 28.

“At that time the council will make a determination of the best option, which will then be sent to the legal department to draft up an ordinance,” she said.

A similar proposal was introduced in Spokane Valley two years ago, but that effort failed. However, at that time, the city council did pass a ban restricting refrigerated trucks from idling for more than 15 consecutive minutes, or for more than 15 minutes total in a single day, in residential areas.

In July, two other counties in Washington State passed truck parking bans in Franklin County and Pierce County.

The lack of adequate truck parking is an issue truck drivers across the country are facing. While state DOTs are reviewing their truck parking availability as part of Jason’s Law, which was included in the current federal highway law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, communities continue to seek bans on truck parking.

If truck drivers are restricted from parking on residential streets in Spokane Valley, Bainbridge said she is unsure where they would be able to park.

“I don’t have an answer to that question. I don’t know where they would be able to park,” she said.

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