King County Council eases policies for farm vehicles making roadside stops
December 16, 2011
Farmers in King County should have an easier time receiving and making deliveries of materials, supplies and equipment within the county’s Agricultural Production Districts, which cover much of the lower Snoqualmie Valley.
To ease delivery issues, the County Council approved legislation in November allowing farm vehicles such as hay trucks to stop along the side of a road.
“With a growing demand for locally sourced agricultural products, we need to ensure that our regulations do not make farming more difficult for our area farmers,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, the sponsor of the ordinance, in a statement. “Local farming is a value that King County embraces and our regulations should reflect these values.”
The new policy will allow commercial farm vehicles to stop on roadways as long as they stop in a safe location, for a period of less than an hour and park as far off the road surface as possible. At all times, drivers of these commercial vehicles are required to leave room for emergency vehicles and at least twenty feet of roadway for two way traffic.