The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) began addressing issues with overnight and extended parking on Deschutes Parkway affecting public health, safety and the environment in the fall 2019.
Ongoing actions by DES and the Washington State Patrol include:
- When applicable, this includes providing people information on where waste can be dumped at no cost in Thurston County as well as resources for shelter, housing and social services.
Overnight and extended parking is not currently occurring along Deschutes Parkway.
The agency filed a formal notice (CR 101) to conduct rulemaking to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus, with a focus on Deschutes Parkway on Nov. 6, 2019. DES filed a proposed rule (CR-102) with the state Office of the Code Reviser on Dec. 2, 2020. DES concluded the rulemaking effort with rule adoption on Feb. 19, 2021, and is now working on implementation plans.
The formal public comment period has concluded. DES held a public comment period from Dec. 2, 2020 to Jan. 8, 2021. DES considered comments received online as well as at the public hearing prior to rule adoption. All comments are valued equally, whether submitted during the hearing or in writing.
Rulemaking began Nov. 6, 2019 and was paused after Phases 1 and 2 in March 2020 when resources were diverted to support the state pandemic response. Rulemaking restarted in September 2020.
DES received a great deal of information and feedback during Phases 1 and 2. We would like to thank everyone for sharing their perspectives and information.
During Phase 3, the information was processed through our decision-making framework, which includes:
DES also engaged a Community Sounding Board to gain detailed feedback during Phase 3. Interest categories on the Sounding Board are: Regional coordination, issues affecting unhoused individuals, safety and security, public health, campus business use, campus events, recreational use, historic preservation, campus neighbors.
Jan. 3-10: Engagement and listening sessions with affected parkers.
Jan. 8: Listening session with Housing Action Team.
Jan. 8: Listening session with Greater Regional Outreach Workers League (GROWL).
Jan. 30 and March 9: Listening sessions with campus event permit holders.
November-January 10: DES sought initial public comments via an online feedback form. View a summary of the comments.
In December: DES held initial listening sessions with:
DES Policy and Rules Manager Jack Zeigler, (360) 407-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org.