-----Original Message-----
From: Al Smith
To: ryikah
Sent: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 9:03 pm
Subject: Parking in Driveway

Ryikah,

I will happily make sure that no one parks in the area blocking our driveways as it happened today, because it is exceptionally annoying—to come home and find someone blocking your driveway, or upon trying to leave for an appointment.  

What you may not be aware of  is that our driveway extends further than yours (30 feet past our cement driveway into the blacktop of XXXX); more specifically, driveway extends to the edge of the Public Grass Area which encompasses all of the blacktop  directly in front of our house.  The blacktop area in front of your house, and the XXXXXX, that leads back out to XXXXXXXXX--is a Public Street.  However, since the entrance to our driveway looks like it’s part of XXXX, what you may not also realize is that WA law prohibits parking within 5 feet of a private driveway.  So, in addition to the diagrams I've included from the state website, please note our additional attachments showing 1) the visual representation of our driveway, along with 2) our Quiet Title confirming the extension of our property / driveway.

To mitigate this type of confusion, the State Department of Transportation recommends that homeowners paint the 5 feet restricted parking area Yellow, which I will also gladly take the initiative to do.  That said, if you feel that I've interpreted the parking ordinance incorrectly, please feel free to let me know.  Otherwise, I hope this clears up any confusion and future parking problems.

Cheers,
Al

  

RCW 46.61.570
Stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places—Reserving portion of highway prohibited.
(i) In front of a public or private driveway or within five feet of the end of the curb radius leading thereto;

http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.570




Diagram provided by the City of Seattle restating the same ordinance


http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/drivewaymarking.htm