Why am I being notified now?

The requirement to keep intersection visibility areas clear has been in City code since 1982 or earlier. Previously, city staff enforced the intersection visibility area for all new development in the city and responded to existing problems only when complaints were received for a particular location. In 2016, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled against King County in a lawsuit involving a motorist who was hurt in a collision at an intersection where the intersection visibility was blocked by vegetation. With this ruling, staff consulted with the City Attorney and determined that “reasonable steps” included a city-wide inventory of all intersection visibility areas, and subsequent follow up with any property owners to have them trim back or remove vegetation or other objects blocking sight lines. This city-wide action represents a more proactive approach than the previous complaint driven response and should significantly reduce the risk of claims against the City and private property owners in collisions involving intersection visibility.

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1. How do I determine the Intersection Visibility (formerly, Sight Triangle) on my property?
2. Do large trees or fences have to be removed?
3. Will the city cover the cost of this work?
4. Why am I being notified now?
5. How much notice is the city giving homeowners?
6. What if I can't complete the work by the deadline?
7. I see other properties that are obstructing intersection visibility areas, did they also receive a notice?
8. Can I install a convex mirror instead of removing the visual obstruction?
9. Why wasn't this issue addressed when the home was developed?
10. Can someone from the city look at my specific property?
11. Is there an appeals process?