Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-15-018.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The agency has completed a review of the following chapter of administrative rules and has proposed amendments to chapter 352-32 WAC, Public use of state park areas.
Hearing Location(s): City of Vancouver (City Hall), Council Chambers, 415 West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, on October 25, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 25, 2012.
Submit Written Comments to: Pamela McConkey, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 586-6651, by October 15, 2012.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Pauli Sayres at (360) 902-8505 or 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-2650.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: State parks staff has reviewed the commission rules in consideration of changes to current business practices. The agency has proposed minor changes to the rule in order to consider winter recreation program specific issues related to overnight camping, peace and quiet, fires and campfires.
Substantive changes are requested in the following chapter:
WAC 352-32-030 Camping, allows overnight camping in approved areas within designated sno-park parking areas.
WAC 352-32-056 Peace and quiet, allows the operation of electric generators after 9:00 p.m. during the winter season which is often a necessity, as subfreezing temperatures are the norm.
WAC 352-32-125 Fires and campfires, changes language to the rule that restricts campfires at Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks to portable fire receptacles.
State parks will request changes to these sections of WAC pertaining to activities specifically in state park winter recreation program sno-parks.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035.
Name of Proponent: Washington state parks and recreation commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Pamela McConkey, 1111 Israel Road, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-8595; and Enforcement: Robert Ingram, 1111 Israel Road, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-8615.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This chapter of administrative rule does not regulate or have economic impact through regulations on small business. There are no compliance costs to small business as a result of the modifications to these rules.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Significant legislative rule-making requirements are not imposed on the state parks and recreation commission, nor has the commission voluntarily applied those requirements.
September 11, 2012
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-03-121, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07)
WAC 352-32-030 Camping. (1) Camping facilities of the state parks within the Washington state parks and recreation commission system are designed and administered specifically to provide recreational opportunities for park visitors. Use of park facilities for purposes which are of a nonrecreational nature, such as long-term residency at park facilities, obstructs opportunities for recreational use, and is inconsistent with the purposes for which those facilities were designed.
No person or camping party may use any state park facility for residence purposes, as defined (WAC 352-32-010).
(2) No person shall camp in any state park area except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose or as directed by a ranger.
(3) Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom no later than 1:00 p.m., if the applicable camping fee has not been paid or if the time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired or the site is reserved by another party. Remaining in a campsite beyond the established checkout time shall subject the occupant to the payment of an additional camping fee.
(4) Use of utility campsites by tent campers shall be subject to payment of the utility campsite fee except when otherwise specified by a ranger.
(5) A campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for purposes of camping by a person or persons who have paid the camping fee within the applicable time limits or when it has been reserved through the appropriate procedures of the reservation system. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite when it is being occupied by another party, or when informed by a ranger that such site is occupied, or when the site is posted with a "reserved" sign. In the case of a reserved site, a person holding a valid reservation for that specific site may occupy it according to the rules relating to the reservation system for that park. In order to afford the public the greatest possible use of the state park system on a fair and equal basis, campsites in those parks not on the state park reservation system will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No person shall hold or attempt to hold campsite(s), for another camping party for present or future camping dates, except as prescribed for multiple campsites. Any site occupied by a camping party must be actively utilized for camping purposes.
(6) One person may register for one or more sites within a multiple campsite by paying the multiple campsite fee and providing the required information regarding the occupants of the other sites. An individual may register and hold a multiple campsite for occupancy on the same day by other camping parties. Multiple campsites in designated reservation parks may be reserved under the reservation system.
(7) In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the state park system, on a fair and equal basis, and to prevent residential use, continuous occupancy of facilities by the same camping party shall be limited. Campers may stay ten consecutive nights in one park, after which the camping party must vacate the park for three consecutive nights, April 1 through September 30, not to exceed thirty days in a forty-day time period; provided that at the discretion of the park ranger the maximum stay may be extended to fourteen consecutive nights if the campground is not fully occupied. Campers may stay twenty consecutive nights in one park, after which the camping party must vacate the park for three consecutive nights, October 1 through March 31, not to exceed forty days in a sixty-day time period. This limitation shall not apply to those individuals who meet the qualifications of WAC 352-32-280 and 352-32-285.
(8) A maximum of eight people shall be permitted at a campsite overnight, unless otherwise authorized by a ranger. The number of vehicles occupying a campsite shall be limited to one car and one recreational vehicle: Provided, That one additional vehicle without built-in sleeping accommodations may occupy a designated campsite when in the judgment of a ranger the constructed facilities so warrant. The number of tents allowed at each campsite shall be limited to the number that will fit on the developed tent pad or designated area as determined by a ranger.
(9) Persons traveling by bicycles, motor bikes or other similar modes of transportation and utilizing campsites shall be limited to eight persons per site, provided no more than four motorcycles may occupy a campsite.
(10) Water trail camping sites are for the exclusive use of persons traveling by human and wind powered beachable vessels as their primary mode of transportation to the areas. Such camping areas are subject to the campsite capacity limitations as otherwise set forth in this section. Exceptions for emergencies may be approved by the ranger on an individual basis. Water trail site fees, as published by state parks, must be paid at the time the site is occupied.
(11) Overnight stays (bivouac) on technical rock climbing routes will be allowed as outlined in the park's site specific climbing management plan. All litter and human waste must be contained and disposed of properly.
(12) Emergency camping areas may be used only when all designated campsites are full and at the park ranger's discretion. Persons using emergency areas must pay the applicable campsite fee and must vacate the site when directed by the park ranger.
(13) Designated overflow camping areas may be used only when all designated campsites in a park are full and the demand for camping in the geographic area around the park appears to exceed available facilities. Persons using overflow camping areas must pay the applicable campsite fee.
(14) Overnight camping will be allowed in approved areas within designated sno-parks in Washington state parks, when posted, provided the appropriate required sno-park permit is displayed.
(15) Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, § 352-32-030, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.070, and 79A.05.075. 03-01-079, § 352-32-030, filed 12/13/02, effective 1/13/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, § 352-32-030, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 98-04-065, § 352-32-030, filed 2/2/98, effective 3/5/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.180. 96-02-015, § 352-32-030, filed 12/21/95, effective 1/21/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and [43.51.]060. 95-22-067, § 352-32-030, filed 10/30/95, effective 1/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 94-23-024, § 352-32-030, filed 11/7/94, effective 1/1/95; 93-06-001, § 352-32-030, filed 2/17/93, effective 3/20/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7). 92-19-098, § 352-32-030, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 87-08-008 (Order 100), § 352-32-030, filed 3/23/87, effective 5/15/87; 86-06-020 (Order 91), § 352-32-030, filed 2/25/86; 83-09-031 (Resolution No. 67), § 352-32-030, filed 4/15/83; 82-09-035 (Order 60), § 352-32-030, filed 4/14/82; 81-09-034 (Order 50), § 352-32-030, filed 4/14/81; 80-05-007 (Order 45), § 352-32-030, filed 4/4/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(2) and 43.51.060(6). 78-05-082 (Order 39), § 352-32-030, filed 5/1/78; Order 33, § 352-32-030, filed 4/28/77; Order 9, § 352-32-030, filed 11/24/70.]
(1) No person shall conduct themselves so that park users are disturbed in their sleeping quarters or in campgrounds or park employees in their sleeping quarters between the quiet hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
(2) No person shall, at any time, use sound-emitting electronic equipment including electrical speakers, radios, phonographs, televisions, or other such equipment, at a volume which emits sound beyond the person's vehicle or immediate area of use, individual camp or picnic site that may disturb other park users without specific permission of the park ranger.
(3) Engine driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., except at Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks where engine driven electric generators may be operated after 9:00 p.m. during the winter recreation season.
(4) Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, § 352-32-056, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.070, and 79A.05.075. 03-01-079, § 352-32-056, filed 12/13/02, effective 1/13/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, § 352-32-056, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7). 92-19-098, § 352-32-056, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 86-06-020 (Order 91), § 352-32-056, filed 2/25/86.]
At Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks all campfires must be restricted to portable fire receptacles not to exceed three feet in diameter and must be at least six inches off the ground, and are only permitted when the sno-parks are open for winter recreation access.
Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, § 352-32-125, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 05-01-069, § 352-32-125, filed 12/9/04, effective 1/9/05.]