Changes com­ing to pop­u­lar scenic spot in Ed­monds

The Daily Herald - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sharon Sa­lyer Her­ald Writer

ED­MONDS — Sun­set Av­enue lives up to its name.

It’s one of the most scenic drive-up spots in Sno­homish County, with an un­ob­structed view of the Olympic Moun­tains, Puget Sound and de­part­ing fer­ries. It’s a pop­u­lar spot to wit­ness gold-tinged sun­sets.

“It’s a fab­u­lous set­ting,” Mayor Dave Ear­ling said.

Vis­i­tors need to pre­pare for some sig­nif­i­cant changes. Those in­clude a cut in park­ing time on the street from four hours to two and a re­duc­tion in on-street park­ing. All an­gle park­ing on the street will be con­verted to par­al­lel park­ing.

Now there’s a mix of par­al­lel and an­gle park­ing.

One of the rea­sons for cut­ting the time peo­ple can legally park on the street is the cur­rent fourhour park­ing is some­times il­le­gally ex­tended to day-long park­ing.

“There’s a con­cern from the coun­cil that some peo­ple not only come down and park for four hours, there are peo­ple who park, grab their golf clubs and go to the other side and come back,” Mayor Dave Ear­ling said of those park­ing and hop­ping the ferry to Kingston.

“I think stronger en­force­ment will be needed,” he said.

Coun­cil mem­ber Adri­enne Fra­ley-Monil­las said peo­ple liv­ing along Sun­set Av­enue have been ask­ing for changes for some time.

“The way it’s been with folks back­ing up, there’s a fear they will back into some­body,” she said.

The change to par­al­lel park­ing will re­sult in a loss of 12 park­ing spa­ces along the street. “Then it’s a ques­tion of how much ad­di­tional par­al­lel park­ing we can find on Sun­set that won’t in­ter­fere with peo­ple’s en­trances and ex­ists from their drive­way,” said Phil Wil­liams, the city’s pub­lic works di­rec­tor.

Fra­ley-Monil­las said there also have been com­plaints that some peo­ple park and stay the day. “There’s not much of a turnover,” she said.

Lim­it­ing the time peo­ple can park will al­low more peo­ple to visit, she said.

“We’re hop­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion heard a clear mes­sage from the cit­i­zens that live down there that we need park­ing en­force­ment or none of this will work,” she said.

The neigh­bors un­der­stand there’s a pub­lic right-of-way along the street, she said. “I think they need the se­cu­rity that their rights will be pro­tected, too.”

The three-hour park­ing limit in the par­al­lel park­ing zone on the south­ern end of the street will likely be re­duced to two hours as well, Wil­liams said.

The cur­rent eight-foot side­walk width will be main­tained. “If you’ve got a baby car­riage and two peo­ple and maybe the same from the other di­rec­tion, I think it’s a wise de­ci­sion to keep it at eight feet,” Ear­ling said.

There’s no timetable yet for when the change for park­ing hours will oc­cur, Wil­liams said. The city coun­cil has to ap­prove a change in park­ing code and new signs will have to be in­stalled. These and other changes will be pro­posed as part of the 2017 bud­get, he said.

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