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Lacey site near Cabela’s could become temporary overnight parking spot for RVs

Main Street, an unfinished road near Cabela’s in northeast Lacey, is under consideration as a temporary overnight parking site for RVs and other vehicles, according to Lacey City Council meeting minutes. This is how Main Street appears to those driving on Marvin Road.
Main Street, an unfinished road near Cabela’s in northeast Lacey, is under consideration as a temporary overnight parking site for RVs and other vehicles, according to Lacey City Council meeting minutes. This is how Main Street appears to those driving on Marvin Road. Courtesy

Main Street, an unfinished road near Cabela’s in northeast Lacey, is under consideration as a temporary overnight parking site for RVs and other vehicles, according to the city of Lacey.

On Aug. 22, during a work session that followed a City Council meeting, the council discussed two possible sites for the RV parking: Greg Cuoio Park at 2720 Carpenter Road NE, and the Main Street site.

City staff said the start-up costs for parking at the undeveloped park would be $127,000 because of a lack of infrastructure.

But the proposed start-up costs at the Main Street site, which is in an urban area, are expected to be $33,000 with annual costs of $53,000.

The city says the Main Street site would accommodate 35 vehicles, the Aug. 22 meeting minutes show.

The park option would be more expensive because it would require more improvements to accommodate vehicles, City Manager Scott Spence said Monday. He said the city does not intend to provide services such as water or power to the proposed Main Street site, although he did mention the possibility of security.

Lacey needs a temporary overnight parking site for RVs because it approved a camping ban over the summer to prevent RVs and cars being used as homes from parking on public property. However, the city can’t enforce the ban until it has somewhere to send vehicles violating the ban.

Lacey City Council unanimously approved a camping ban ordinance on June 13, 2019, giving the city a tool to prohibit those who camp or park their RVs on public property.

It wasn’t clear Monday what’s next for the Main Street proposal. Proposed changes to the city’s parking ordinance are set to come before Lacey City Council at 7 p.m. Thursday — and those proposed changes would appear to hasten the need for a temporary overnight site.

RVs frequently park in the lot near Lacey City Hall, but if the proposed changes are approved Thursday, it would limit that parking to no more than four hours, unless the RV has a city-issued permit. The permit process is not spelled out in the ordinance.

However, Spence has the authority to allow vehicles to exceed that time, which likely would apply to the proposed Main Street location.

The work session was not on the Aug. 22 agenda, but it was added to the agenda during the meeting.

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