Golf carts could scoot through Coupeville
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
November 22, 2011 · 11:49 AM
An ordinance being considered by the Coupeville Town Council could spark the addition of unusual vehicles on the historic town’s roads.
The five-member body is considering an ordinance that would allow golf carts and similarly sized electric vehicles to travel on most town roads.
Coupeville Town Planner Larry Kwarsick said the state passed recent legislation encouraging municipalities to support the use of alternative transportation methods and renewable energy sources. One piece of legislation includes allowing golf carts to travel on city roads.
Kwarsick said the ordinance will allow slow-moving electric vehicles to travel on town roads with the exception of the state highway. The ordinance also includes language establishing sign requirements that would inform motorists of golf carts traveling through town.
Two cities in Washington, Orting in Pierce County and Liberty Lake in Eastern Washington, already have regulations allowing golf carts to be driven on city streets during the daytime.
Kwarsick said the new ordinance is part of the green initiatives that the town is creating. Recent measures include a tree ordinance and ongoing studies of ways to clean the town’s stormwater runoff, which may involve using the water for irrigation at surrounding farms.
The Coupeville Town Council has scheduled a public hearing to allow for comment on the proposed ordinance on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room inside the Annex building.
Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.