Envision Port Angeles Municipal Code Update Survey

The Port Angeles Municipal Code (“PAMC”) consists of 241 chapters divided among 17 titles. Many of these laws have been in existence for more than fifty years or have been amended piecemeal since the City began adopting municipal ordinances in 1890. Over the past 15+ years, both City staff and City Council have acknowledged the need for a comprehensive review of and update to the PAMC, resulting in the City Council authorizing the PAMC Code Audit Project. This Project is related to, but separate from, the updates to the zoning, building, and development codes, and addresses every title of the PAMC except Titles 14, 16, and 17. 

The purpose of this survey is to allow members of the public to provide input on various subjects included in the PAMC. The survey does not address every subject contained in the PAMC, nor does it necessarily correlate with the City’s priorities. Responses to this survey are for informational purposes only and are not binding on the City. There will be additional opportunities to provide input on the Port Angeles Municipal Code re-envisioning project.

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* 1. Please identify your relationship to the City of Port Angeles. Select all that apply.

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* 2. Have you ever looked at the Port Angeles Municipal Code (“PAMC”)? (See | Code of Ordinances | Port Angeles, WA | Municode Library)

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* 3. If you never looked at the PAMC before today, why not?

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* 4. Discharge of fireworks is currently banned within the City. How important is it to provide the Police Department with additional enforcement tools to enforce this ban to the fullest?

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* 5. State law authorizes the City to create automated traffic safety camera enforcement programs. These can be used to enforce red light violations, school zone speed violations, or both.

  Great Idea/High Priority Good Idea Neutral Dislike Very Bad Idea
What are your thoughts on the City establishing an automated traffic safety camera program to enforce school zone speed violations?
What are your thoughts on the City establishing an automated traffic safety camera program to enforce red light violations?

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* 6. Are there any particular locations within the City you feel would benefit from automated school speed enforcement zone cameras?

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* 7. Are there any particular locations within the City you feel would benefit from automated red light enforcement cameras?

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* 8. Short term rentals, also known as vacation rentals (ex. AirBnBs or VRBOs), are properties that are rented out for shorter periods of time (typically 30 days or less) than a traditional residential lease. They are particularly common in tourist destinations. What are your thoughts on allowing short-term rentals to operate within the City?

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* 9. If you think short-term rentals should be allowed, but with restrictions, which of these types of regulations would you like to see placed on short-term rentals? Click all that apply.

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* 10. The City is home to many beautiful public parks. Using the following scale, please identify whether any of the following have detracted from your ability to enjoy or desire to go to City parks:

  No negative impact Neutral or unsure Occasional or infrequent negative impact Significant negative impact
Drug use
Unlawful Camping
Noise
Off-leash dogs
Dog excrement
Smoking/vaping

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* 11. Currently, only certain businesses, such as for-hire vehicles, pawnbrokers, and tattoo parlors, are required to get a Port Angeles business license. The City is considering a general business license requirement for all businesses. A general business license would allow the City to better track the businesses within the City and more easily ensure that businesses operate according to code.   

Do you think the City should adopt a general business licensing requirement for all businesses within the City?

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* 12. Helmets are currently required when riding a bicycle within the City and the fine for noncompliance is $15. Do you think helmets should continue to be required?

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* 13. Non-criminal violations of the PAMC, such as public nuisances, can be assessed civil penalties of up to $250 per violation, per day the violation is ongoing. For a repeat offense, the penalty is up to $500 per violation, per day the violation is ongoing. What do you think of these penalties?

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* 14. If you needed to know the amount of a City tax or fee, how would you first try to find it?

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* 15. The PAMC currently prohibits anyone from serving on the City Council for more than three consecutive four-year terms. How do you feel about this term limit for City Council members?

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* 16. Dogs that are declared dangerous or potentially dangerous are only allowed in the City if they are registered and the owner meets certain requirements, such as paying an annual fee, restraining the dog in a proper enclosure, posting warning signs, and obtaining liability insurance. The initial registration fees range from $100-$150, with renewals ranging from $50-$100 for potentially dangerous and dangerous dogs, respectively. Do you think these regulations are adequate?

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* 17. The City has seen an increase in RV parking on City streets. The City regulates parking in Chapter 10.20 of the PAMC, which includes regulations that apply to certain types of large vehicles, such as trucks and trailers or vehicles measuring more than 18 feet in length. What are your thoughts on RV parking in the City?

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* 18. The fine for parking in a restricted zone is currently $40. Is this fine:

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* 19. If you said that the fine for parking in a restricted zone was too low in Question 19, which of these options do you think would be a more appropriate fine for this violation?

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* 20. The fine for parking too long in a time limited parking zone is currently $25. Is this fine:

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* 21. If you said that the fine for parking in a time limited parking zone ($25) was too low, which of these options do you think would be a more appropriate fine for this violation?

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* 22. Do you have any other thoughts or comments related to the PAMC code audit project, such as topics or issues you would like the City to consider? If so, please explain below.

If you have an additional question or comment, please submit by email (preferred method) to cityclerk@cityofpa.us, or leave a voice message at 360-417-4500.
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