WSR 04-05-101

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

[ Filed February 18, 2004, 8:31 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-16-103.

Title of Rule: Revising rules related to parking fees, permits, and enforcement on the state capitol grounds.

Purpose: To increase parking rates for general "zoned" spaces and for leased/reserved areas and/or stalls by $5.00 per month to better cover the costs of providing parking spaces, structures, and services.

Other Identifying Information: The proposed rate change will apply only to state-owned parking spaces and facilities on the state capitol grounds. This proposal does not extend to parking spaces and facilities anywhere outside the state capitol grounds.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.19.011 (2)(d), 46.08.150, 46.08.172.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 46.08.172.

Summary: General administration proposes to increase parking rates under WAC 236-12-290 (1)(b)(i) for general "zoned" spaces from $15.00 per month to $20.00 per month, and under WAC 236-12-290 (1)(b)(ii) for leased/reserved areas and/or stalls from $20.00 per month to $25.00 per month.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Campus parking rates and regulations have not been adjusted in over a decade. The legislature has established a policy to reduce state subsidization of employee parking and that parking rates should take into account comparable private market rates for parking. Costs associated with provide parking spaces, structure, and services are not paid by current parking fees. General administration proposes to update rates to better reflect costs of providing parking spaces, structures, and services.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Andy Stepelton, General Administration, P.O. Box 41019, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-0926; Implementation: Lenore Miller, General Administration, P.O. Box 41019, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-0970; and Enforcement: Bill Moore, General Administration, P.O. Box 41019, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-0951.

Name of Proponent: Department of General Administration, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: The Washington State Patrol provides parking enforcement services to general administration.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The increased fees proposed under this rule will align parking rates for the eastern portion of the state capitol grounds with the western portions, which were raised by budget proviso two years ago. It shall provide funding for parking spaces, structural, and services costs not currently covered. Certain utility, maintenance, and enforcement costs are now fully assigned to the capitol campus parking operation but are not covered by current parking fees. Additionally, capital renewal projects for parking structures require additional parking fees to cover project costs. The proposed parking fee will result in an increase of $5.00 per month to $20.00 per month for general "zoned" parking, and an increase of $5.00 per month to $25.00 per month for leased/reserved areas and/or stalls. These changes will reduce state subsidization of employee parking.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: This proposal will amend WAC 236-12-290 (1)(b)(i) for general "zoned" parking, and WAC 236-12-290 (1)(b)(ii) for leased/reserved areas and/or stalls to increase rates by $5.00 per month.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This proposed rule change will impose no costs on business in an industry.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The proposed rule does not constitute a significant legislative rule as described in chapter 34.05 RCW.

Hearing Location: General Administration Building, 1st Floor Auditorium, 210 11th Street, Olympia, WA 98504, on March 24, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and on March 31, 2004, at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Andy Stepelton by March 15, 2004, at (360) 902-0926, astepel@ga.wa.gov, TDD (360) 664-3799.

Submit Written Comments to: Andy Stepelton, Division of Facilities Planning and Management, Department of General Administration, P.O. Box 41019, Olympia, WA 98504-1019, (360) 902-0926, astepel@ga.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-5954; or Martin Casey, Rules Coordinator, Department of General Administration, P.O. Box 41000, Olympia, WA 98501-1000, by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 1, 2004.

February 17, 2004

R. D. Fukai

Executive Director

OTS-6993.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 92-04-037, filed 1/30/92, effective 3/1/92)

WAC 236-12-290   Parking fees.   (1) The fees for rental parking shall be as follows:


PARKING USES
PARKING FEES
(a) Agency assigned uses (visitor, off-campus staff, state cars, etc.)

$ 30.00

(b) Employee uses
(i) General, "zoned" $ ((15.00)) 20.00
(ii) Leased/reserved areas and/or stalls $ ((20.00)) 25.00
(iii) Disabled employees $ 15.00
(c) Motorcycle, motor-driven cycle/moped uses

$ 10.00

(d) Nonstate personnel uses (concession vendors, lobbyists, day care providers, press corps, etc.)

$ 30.00

(e) Disabled visitor use no charge
(f) Metered parking for visitor use $ .50 per hour

(g) No charge for carpools/vanpools to which permits have been issued in accordance with WAC 236-12-295.

(h) In addition to the permits issued under (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g) of this subsection, the department may issue other permits including but not limited to agency prepaid monthly, service/delivery and temporary/daily permits; the department will establish a fee schedule for such permits other than permits issued under (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), and (g) of this subsection, and will keep such fee schedule on file at 218 General Administration Building, P.O. Box 41000, Olympia, Washington 98504-1000 and will make it available to any person upon request.

(i) The director has authority to create reserved parking spaces/areas and to determine the rates for such parking; the director will establish a fee schedule for reserved parking spaces/areas and will keep such fee schedule on file at 218 General Administration Building, P.O. Box 41000, Olympia, Washington 98504-1000 and will make it available to any person upon request.

(2) In determining whether to adjust rental parking fees, the director will consider one or more of the following factors:

(a) Parking facility costs;

(b) Available commuting alternatives;

(c) Change in the demand for parking facilities;

(d) Transportation demand management requirements;

(e) Market rates of comparable privately owned or leased property; and

(f) Other circumstances as determined by the director, whereby a change in parking fees is necessary.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.08.150 and 46.08.172. 92-04-037, 236-12-290, filed 1/30/92, effective 3/1/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.08.150. 85-19-001 (Order 85-02), 236-12-290, filed 9/5/85; 78-05-006 (Order 78-3), 236-12-290, filed 4/7/78; Order 12, 236-12-290, filed 12/19/73; Order 11, 236-12-290, filed 5/22/72; Order 9, 236-12-290, filed 8/14/70; 24, filed 8/19/64.]

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