People who live, work, shop and catch the Sounder train in and around downtown Puyallup soon will see significant parking changes.
The City Council on Tuesday night approved a downtown parking management plan that includes new or adjusted on-street parking time limits, changes to city-owned parking lots and a residential parking permit program.
Some council members said they felt a sense of urgency because the city is ending its lease with Sound Transit for a 118-stall lot downtown next month, which means commuters who park there will have to find spaces elsewhere and could spill over onto residential streets.
Mayor Kathy Turner said some pieces of the plan might be confusing to drivers.
But “I’m voting for it because I think we have an Oct. 1 date we have to deal with,” she said.
Councilman Rick Hansen cast the sole no vote.
“I want to support this plan, I really do, but I’m not going to be supporting it because I’d like to see us move just a little bit slower, instead of doing all of this at one time,” he said.
Councilman Kent Boyle was absent.
The goal of the plan is to free up more parking spaces for the public, downtown merchants and their employees, and shift Sounder commuters to a satellite parking area at the fairgrounds.
- Converting more than 70 stalls in city-owned lots downtown to business permit parking.
- Opening the 118-stall lot at Third Street Southeast and East Main, known as the Cornforth Campbell main lot, to the public. The lot currently is being leased by Sound Transit as overflow parking for commuters.
- Imposing or adjusting time limits on streets in and around downtown. The affected area is bordered roughly to the north and south by Fifth Avenue Northwest and Seventh Avenue Southwest, and to the east and west by Fourth Street Northeast and Seventh Street Southwest. The time limits range from 15 minutes to four hours; there’s a small eight-hour zone around Puyallup High School.
- Instituting a parking permit program for the four-hour zones that will exempt people living there from having to abide by the time limit.
The permits will be free. The city soon will mail two parking permits to each home in the four-hour zones, officials said. Residents can apply for more if needed.
The city immediately will begin making new signs for the streets and parking lots, said City Manager Ralph Dannenberg. It likely will be 30 to 45 days before they’re up, he said.