Assigned parking spaces

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    angelocruz03
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    In our townhouse community, according to our governing documents, each lot is entitled to two parking spaces, with one of them being subject to permanent assignment by the Board. Despite our community’s two-decade history, this assigned space has remained vacant. Former Board members have mentioned attempts to address this issue in the past, but encountered significant opposition. Generally, residents have informally agreed upon parking arrangements, but recent incidents such as arguments, vandalism, and households with an excessive number of vehicles have prompted the Board to take action.

    Given that most homeowners possess more than one vehicle, the Board is considering assigning both parking spaces and exploring innovative solutions. One proposal is to implement a lottery system to allocate the second space. Has any community attempted a similar approach?

    Furthermore, for households with more than two cars, the Board is contemplating offering the option to purchase a guest parking space for a nominal fee, possibly around $50. This proposal aims to address concerns about fairness, particularly since our community lacks street parking and driveways, leaving us solely reliant on limited on-site spaces.

    Some residents may object to multi-vehicle owners monopolizing parking, but offering additional spaces for purchase might assuage their concerns. While some individuals may own extra vehicles out of personal preference, many do so due to practical reasons such as accommodating driving teenagers or extended family members sharing a residence.

    We welcome any suggestions or ideas to discuss further at our upcoming Board meeting.

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    emilyb847
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    From my perspective, your Board has the authority to permanently allocate one parking space for each lot, while the owners can secure their second parking space through a drawing process. Any surplus parking spaces beyond the two allotted per lot can be managed at the discretion of the Board. Individuals possessing more than two cars should understand that they are not entitled to additional parking spaces and thus should not oppose an additional fee, which could be determined based on the number of extra parking spots available. Your proposed approach appears to be fair and logical.

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    rebecca086
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    How many parking spaces are available per home? Does each home have more than two? In our Virginia community, right after the Builder transferred control to the HOA, they designated two reserved spaces per home. Originally, there were 2.3 total spaces per home, meeting the zoning requirements established back in 1989 when the community was developed. However, we face challenges due to the lack of a requirement, as seen in newer communities, to keep garages clear for vehicle storage. Additionally, in certain parts of the community, there are both garage and non-garage homes, leading some garage owners to misuse their space for storage rather than parking. This leaves only one open space available for every three townhomes.

    The initial mandate for two reserved spaces per home aimed to enhance resale value, assuming that most households have two cars. These spaces were strategically allocated, with one being fairly proximate to the home and the second being in the same general area but not as close.

    Another potential solution for managing excess vehicles could involve enforcement of zoning laws by local authorities. Many homes in our community appear to exceed occupancy limits set by county zoning laws, leading to parking burdens and strain on other services. Addressing overcrowding, especially when it involves unsafe living conditions like inadequate fire escapes in basement dwellings, is crucial. When households exceed occupancy limits, involving the zoning office to enforce regulations can help alleviate parking and service-related issues, such as trash collection.

    Regarding surplus open spaces, designating them as “Visitor” parking and making them available to everyone could be beneficial. However, implementing a time limitation, such as a three-day period, can discourage the storage of extra vehicles in these spaces. Additionally, revising parking resolutions to prohibit commercial vehicles, including trucks with ladder racks and those with visible advertising, can help maintain the community’s aesthetic and parking availability. Good luck with finding a resolution to these challenges.

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    angelocruz03
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    We also have 2.3 parking spaces per unit. While this suffices in most areas, one particular section is experiencing overcrowding. We’re exploring various options, including how to designate parking spaces. We’re considering whether to individually mark each space or simply label guest parking and provide a diagram for resident spaces. We’re researching options such as hang tags, stickers, color coding, or numbering to determine what works best for our community. However, we’ve decided against labeling each parking space with the unit number, as it could inadvertently signal vacancy.

    Our main challenge arises in a section where there aren’t enough spaces to accommodate two per unit. This complicates the assignment process and makes holding a drawing for remaining spaces unappealing. Currently, the situation is manageable because three units are vacant, freeing up six additional spaces. However, this is not a sustainable solution, as these vacancies will likely be filled soon.

    Thank you for your input on this matter.

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    florettemc
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    Just a suggestion. Consider labeling the parking spaces at the curb using lot numbers, such as RSVD011 for lot 11. This method might not be immediately apparent to everyone, as many residents may not be familiar with the lot numbers.

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