November 8, 2017 at 9:42 am #58468
I normally don’t care if someone parks in front of my house, but a neighbor appears to be using a couple of blocks near his house (from which he runs his business) to park several large panel vans and commercial vehicles. Apparently his direct neighbors complained… so he moved them to our block, and now we have a challenging parking situation as he leaves huge unsightly trucks for days at a time. Does anyone know what the actual regulations are on this?November 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm #58469
Call it in to the city with vehicle description license color etc… They will tell you 48 hours.November 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm #58471
11.72.070 – Commercial and large size vehicles.
No person shall park a vehicle on any street or alley, except in an Industrial Zone as defined in Title 23, between the hours of midnight and six (6) a.m. if the vehicle is a truck and/or trailer or other conveyance which is over eighty (80) inches wide.November 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm #58477
You have a neighbor trying to make a living. You could just accept the minor inconvenience and turn a blind eye.November 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm #58479
Hi Kat, if he’s running a business big enough to require multiple trucks then he’s not just making a few bucks. He’s running a medium sized business. And he’s absolutely welcome to park the trucks outside his own house, but he doesn’t, because his immediate neighbors complain. Those rules exist for a perfectly good reason that doesn’t make me an unreasonable NIMBY. I ignored them for a week and then made a mildly irritated post instead of having him towed. I think I’m having a proportionate response.
You have a neighbor, having a mild grumble about an annoyance on a local forum designed for that sort of thing. You could just turn a blind eye. 😉November 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm #58482
You sound like a reasonable guy. Have a chat with him.
And touché.November 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm #58484
Have the trucks cited and towed. he isparkign them near you indtead of his neighbors because they have talked to him or had them towed. He does nto care abotu you an dneither does Kat kit.
You could leave notes on all of them– sayign why they need to not be there and what you will doif they remain past a certain time.November 12, 2017 at 8:31 am #58513
Panel van does not seem large enough to be covered under the ordinance. What are the “commercial vehicles” and how many are there?
Try to talk to the person. Do not have the trucks towed (if they are eligible). Seriously disrupting someone’s livelihood is a mighty big reaction to having trouble parking where you want.November 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm #58515
@cathy wonderful – you seem to get pretty upset when people say negative things about you, and yet here you are, making sweeping generalizations about “Kat kit” (sic). Join me in feeling more generous and kind toward the world.November 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm #58552
@Pork Pie Thank you.November 13, 2017 at 2:34 pm #58591
It’s not one panel van. It’s several. At least three (and a couple of logo-strewn trucks), and they’re actually giant extended bed ones, Mercedes Sprinter LWB version. But I’m going to do the Seattle thing and leave a passive aggressive note on the window next time he does it again.
I’m certainly not going to have him towed before giving him a chance to undo it. But the problem there is that I’m just pushing theose vans around a corner to be a problem for another block(s).
Some of us have challenging parking situations and a business taking up at least eight normal car spots on a residential Wallingford block , is not cool or neighborly.November 14, 2017 at 6:20 am #58614
It has been about a week. Did you leave a note, call the city, ask neighbors ( on either side of yoru house or apartment) if they were bothered? Or by chance, has he moved the vans to another location/
The owner knows how many vehicles he owns and parking away from his home can be inferred that he has no place to park right at his home.November 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm #58631
Hi. I’ve had issues with this too. It’s not great to basically have big walls with wheels in front of your house for long stretches. They are impossible to see around, for one thing, if you are getting out of parking spaces. I emailed the person directly. The law is 72 hours for anyone–any kind of vehicle. Here’s the link for that: https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/parking-program/parking-regulations
So, 72 hours is the limit of my tolerance. Also, there are garages nearby that can be rented. That’s a business expense for business vehicles and the right way to go if the owner wants reliable parking that’s not going to cause issues for neighbors (for example, if you have a driveway and there’s a huge vehicle parked in the road, it’s a pretty big hazard to get out.)December 3, 2017 at 10:26 am #58695
Parking any vehicle for more than 72 hours in any one location is illegal. It’s also illegal to park within 5 feet of a driveway, and the property owner can paint the five foot curb area yellow to remind people of that. A summary of parking regs is at: https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/parking-program/parking-regulations
Given the lack of parking in some sections of Wallingford, directly approaching an illegal parker is just as likely to create personal hostility as it is to bring an amicable end to the illegal parking. Therefore, make it nothing personal.
Don’t approach the owner of an illegally parked vehicle in person or by note. The better approach is to send in an anonymous report via the City’s Find-It-Fix-It app. That way, it’s up to the City, not the neighbors, to decide whether or not the parking is illegal and to take care of any illegal parking problem. If the parking turns out not to be found to be illegal, well then the neighbors will just have to put up with it.
Here’s the link to the page where you can download the Find-It-Fix-it app: https://www.seattle.gov/customer-service-bureau/find-it-fix-it-mobile-app.December 8, 2017 at 9:56 am #58743
My neighbor either got the message or moved them of his own volition so our situation has improved, but I suspect the new parking zones they’re adding on the eastern end, south of 45th, will push University and Hospital parking bandits deeper into the rest of Wallyhood, so I think parking is going to become contentious and problematic all over.
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