RESOLUTION NO. 907
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON DIRECTING THE PARK ADVISORY COMMISSION TO REVIEW POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 15.05 UPMC RELATIVE TO PARK RULES
WHEREAS, recently several other municipal entities have begun the process of reevaluating their park rules and related processes with an emphasis on public safety-related concerns which include tobacco use, vaping and unmanned aerial vehicles; and
WHEREAS, the City of University Place Park Code, principally codified at Chapter 15.05 of the University Place Municipal Code was last comprehensively amended in 2007; and
WHEREAS, since the Park Code was last amended, the Washington Legislature has passed new law which expressly provides for local regulation of vaping in public parks (RCW 70.345.210, 2016); and
WHEREAS, in accordance with Chapter 1.35 UPMC, directives to the City’s Commissions are to be in the form of a City Council Resolution; and
WHEREAS, the City Council has created the Parks Advisory Commission to advise it on topics and matters relating to the City parks, as well as other matters as directed by the City Council;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Referral to Park Advisory Commission. The City Council hereby refers to the Park Advisory Commission, to seek public opinion, review and provide recommendations regarding potential amendments to chapter 15.05 UPMC.
Section 2. Specific Direction to Park Advisory Commission. As part of its process, the Park Advisory Commission is expressly directed to consider, in addition to those matters which it must consider by either state law or the municipal code, the following:
a. Whether the University Place Municipal Code should be amended to prohibit, or otherwise regulate, public smoking, vaping or the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) in the City’s parks; and
b. Identify whether there are any other amendments within the City’s Park Code which are warranted.
In addition, the Park Advisory Commission is directed to hold one or more joint meetings with the City’s Public Safety Advisory Commission regarding any proposed changes to the Municipal Code. The scope of any such joint meetings should necessarily include an evaluation of public safety impacts, if any, arising from any recommended changes to the Municipal Code.
Section 3. Timeline. The Park Advisory Commission shall report back to the City Council with either its recommendations or a status update, no later than the week before the first City Council meeting of December 2020.
Section 4. Effective Date. This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.
ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 6, 2020.
Caroline Belleci, Mayor
Emelita J. Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Matthew S. Kaser, City Attorney