Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood Facing Growing Parking Problems

February 23, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

Michael Brick

City of Everett traffic engineer Michael Brick addresses the Northwest Neighborhood meeting.

Residents who make up Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood got an update from the city last week regarding plans to streamline Everett’s residential parking zones. At their monthly meeting, attendees heard from Michael Brick, a traffic engineer from the City of Everett. He explained plans to re-draw the residential parking zones that were established in the 1980s. The re-configured zones would more closely match the existing neighborhood boundaries. With a petition from two-thirds of a neighborhood’s residents, they could establish parking areas that should help keep students at Everett Community College and workers at Providence Regional Medical Center from parking in areas designated for residents. With the growth at Everett Community College and the likely expansion of Washington State University across the street, people living in the Northwest Neighborhood are expressing increased concerns over parking in their area. Brick says he hopes to have the new zones approved by the city’s Transportation Advisory Committee in a month or two with new signage up and permitting in place before EvCC’s Fall Quarter starts in September. He is also working on making a more user-friendly guest parking program for north end residents. At the meeting residents expressed frustration over Providence Regional Medical Center employees not using their free employee parking garage and instead parking on the street. Many also expressed concern that the city’s parking enforcement officers don’t seem to work past 5:30pm and people take advantage of that knowledge to skirt overtime parking tickets later into the afternoon.

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