For 17 years, the Sumner community has wrestled with the growing demand for commuter parking throughout our historic downtown’s residential and business districts. Piece-meal Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs) were placed at the request of various neighborhoods, but that meant individual blocks became restricted in a rather haphazard fashion. Instead, in early September, the City Council passed a comprehensive restricted parking zone plan.
All streets shown in blue on the map are now designated RPZ3, which means guests can park for up to three hours without a pass, and residents may obtain up to four passes plus a guest pass for use on their vehicles. RPZ restrictions are in place Monday-Friday, 7 am – 7 pm. On weekends and holidays, there are no time limits, and parking is open for anyone. This is very similar to what was already in place near the station and around Sumner High School for the same impact the school’s student drivers have on adjacent neighborhoods.
I’m now a resident in the RPZ3 zone: how do I get passes?
- Application forms will be available in early November. We will start giving out passes November 15.
- In person: visit the Police desk at City Hall during open hours with your complete application form and your vehicle(s) registration.
- By mail: mail your complete application and copies of your vehicle(s) registration to City of Sumner, RPZ Passes, 1104 Maple Street, Sumner WA 98390.
- By email: scan your complete application and scans of your vehicle(s) registration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By any of the above methods, please get your RPZ permits and display them in your car as instructed by December 31, 2017.
- Please make sure that your vehicle registration is updated and accurate. We will not issue permits to any registration that does not list a current Sumner address within the RPZ zone.
I’m already in RPZ3; do I need new passes?
Yes. The program has been in place for years, and it’s time to update records and get everyone new passes. Please follow the same process above, even if you just recently obtained the old RPZ passes. We apologize for the inconvenience, but cars will get tickets after December 15th if they don’t display the new pass.
What happens after I submit my application and registration(s)?
If you register in person, we will hand you your pass(es). If you choose the email or mail registration options, we will mail your pass(es). Please understand we’re processing many households at once, so anticipate some processing time to receive mailed passes.
The passes will be specific to each car with your car’s license number written on the pass. Please use that pass in the vehicle with the corresponding number. Failure to display passes properly will result in a ticket. Remember, RPZ3 limits parking times only during weekdays. Parking on weekends and holidays is open and not limited by time.
What if I need more than four passes?
If you are routinely parking more than four vehicles on your street, you are negatively impacting your neighbors as much as the commuters and need to find alternate vehicle storage options.
Can businesses get passes?
No. We already made a different pass available to downtown businesses for the downtown lots, and RPZs near businesses were amended to four-hour limits so employees only had to move their car once.
What does an RPZ pass or guest pass mean?
It means that you can park for longer than the three hours. Please note that RPZ permit holders lawfully parked in an RPZ zone must still abide by all other state and local laws and ordinances, to include overall time limits and other parking restrictions such as RVs, etc.
What about holidays?
Parking time limits are generally not enforced on established holidays.
What if I move?
If you are within the RPZ and move, please return all of your passes to the Sumner Police window or mail them back to us at City of Sumner, RPZ Passes, 1104 Maple Street, Sumner WA 98390. If you want to be really helpful, give the new owners/tenants a reminder to come in and register their own passes for their own vehicles.
What are commuters’ parking options?
The City of Sumner leases the space to Sound Transit for open, free-of-charge stalls. In addition, we offer 10 paid, reserved parking stalls in the Station Lane lot and 75 paid, reserved parking stalls in the Red Apple lot. Click here for more details about these options.
We know that’s not enough. We continue to support and assist Sound Transit in building a garage on the existing site. And, we are discussing with our Council the option of demolishing the old Red Apple building to offer more spots in that lot, although we recognize that even these efforts will not keep up with demand.
It’s Time to Commit to Non-Vehicular Options
Our streets were never built to be permanent car storage solutions. The Sumner Station offers four non-vehicular access options:
- The shuttle bus serves the Bonney Lake Park & Ride and meeting every train in Sumner.
- A Kiss & Ride along Traffic Avenue is for commuters to be dropped off at the station, a very common practice (and interesting term) borrowed from the East Coast.
- The City has spent millions building the Sumner Link Trail, which offers pedestrian/bicycle access to the station from north-south routes including Puyallup, Lakeland Hills and Orting.
- Live near the station: it may seem extreme, but after 17 years of the station being in place, people have moved here just to live near the station. We are currently reviewing our Town Center Plan to add even more housing options within walking distance to the station.
Why must you charge for reserved parking?
The City of Sumner is currently cleaning up the Red Apple site from soil contamination caused by an old gas station that used to be on that site. We’re also in the middle of multiple major bridge/road projects. They are all expensive. By charging for parking, we’re asking commuters to share in a tiny fraction of the cost for the infrastructure they are using.