The application process for an entity to host a temporary encampment, including vehicle resident safe parking, is described in Monroe Municipal Code (MMC) 22.90.100. Regulations specific to vehicle resident safe parking are addressed in MMC 22.90.090. Monroe’s regulations are consistent with Washington state law (RCW 35A.21.360.)
For a religious organization or managing agency to host a Vehicle Resident Safe Parking area, they must obtain a permit from the City prior to establishing the use and meet the following criteria:
• No less than one (parking) space may be designed for a safe parking participant per 10 on-site parking spaces.
• Restroom facilities must be provided either within the building(s) on the site or with portable toilets. If recreational vehicles are hosted, a proper means to dispose of waste is required.
• Parking standards per Monroe Municipal Code (CITE) must be always met, unless the host/sponsor and City agree to a reduced number of on-site parking spaces.
• The host/sponsor must inform participants regarding the legal status of vehicles and drivers and provide a written code of conduct.
Additionally, a permit application for a Resident Vehicle Safe Parking area must meet the following criteria for a temporary encampment:
• Address how the proposal meets the requirements of MMC 22.90, Temporary Encampments.
• Address potential adverse effects the temporary use will likely have on neighboring properties and the community and explain mitigation measures to reduce such effects.
• Provide a written code of conduct.
• Explain how encampment meets applicable requirements of the International Fire Code.
• Include certification that the Monroe Police Department has completed or shall complete sex offender checks of all adult residents (MMC 22.90.040)
• Provide a formal, signed agreement with the City that allows for periodic on-site inspections by the Building Official and Fire Marshal to be conducted at reasonable times.
• Provide a formal, signed agreement with the City that allows the city to abate the temporary encampment.
Further, the host/sponsor must hold a community meeting to address neighborhood concerns. The code requires the host/sponsor to notify the Monroe City Council at least one week but no less than 96 hours of the scheduled community meeting.
The code further requires the city to publicize the meeting’s date, time, location and purpose in two of the following four ways:
• Local newspaper announcement (Everett Herald)
• City website posting
• Signage (at least 2’ height X 2’ width) to be prominently placed on or adjacent to the main streets close to the meeting site.
• Signage to be prominently placed at the meeting site.