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(North Carolina)


02/12/2008 8:16 AM  
Our CC&R's state under "driveway" that a driveway must be made of concrete or brick. We have a neighbor who continues to park his car up in the grass of his front lawn. Although our CC&R's does not clearly come out and say, No, you can not park a vehicle in your front yard, but my interpretation would be that a driveway, which is where you would park a vehicle, must be made of brick or concrete, therefore parking your vehicle on grass would be a violation.

This would not be a problem if it was once in a while, but the car is being left for days at a time. Sometimes parked on Fridays, and not moved until Monday morning. We have homes for sale in the neighborhood, If I drove through looking at homes and saw people parking cars up in their front yards??? It just looks bad.

Opinions please?


02/12/2008 8:22 AM  
If your documents don't forbid parking on a lawn, I would bet your municipality would. That seems to be basic in all cities I've seen. Good luck. Harold


02/12/2008 8:54 AM  
Mindy: Check with your local zoning codes and such.

In our community, it is illegal for people to park on a grass surface. The ordinance (not in our HOA, but in our local community) is that vehicles MUST be parked on a solid surface.

AND, since all external construction, including concrete pads, must be approved by our Architectural Committee per our CC&Rs, then we can regulate where parking "pads" are placed, if any.

Again, this is per our local county ORDINANCE, so when someone is violation, all we need to do is report the address to our local Inspections, Permits and Licensing Enforcement board.

"Motor vehicles. Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited on residentially zoned or used property. A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes. ***NOTE THIS PART OF THE CODE*** All motor vehicles on any premises, other than agricultural land must be parked on a hard and durable surface, such as asphalt, brick or concrete or any surface permitted pursuant to§156.052 (C)."



02/12/2008 10:30 AM  
Not as strong as a city ordinance but . . . check the section of your CCR that requires the lawn/exterior to be maintained. If the guy is parking that much the grass should be tamped down, brown and/or turned to dirt.


02/12/2008 1:55 PM  
A town (no HOA in sight) to the north of me in AR just past a no-parking on the grass ordinance. I think they also put a limit on the number of cars that can park in the driveway.


02/13/2008 5:48 PM  
yup, check your city code if your rules don't forbid it. it is very likely they do.



02/21/2008 8:46 PM  
I don't know where you are in NC, but they have lots of parking issues like yours. The city of Charlotte passed a "no parking on yard" law a few years past. So, look at your city ordinances and laws. If not, get the Board to amend and add parking regulations that cover specific nuciances that may exist that impact the community.
(South Carolina)


02/21/2008 9:03 PM  
You say your documents state your drive-way must be made of brick or concrete. Why do you think you can't enforce this rule? If he is parking his car anywhere, it has to be a driveway. Because it doesn't say he can't park his car in his neighbors driveway doesn't mean he can park there anymore that parking on the grass. Tell him to build a drive way or park in the street somewhere it is allowed. He puts in a driveway, he don't have to change his grass area to a driveway on his deed, it is a driveway. It also seems that if he concretes his property then his yard is no longer a grassy area it is all a driveway. You need to define the size and where the parking area should be located but if he parks off the street it has to be on concrete or brick. Work it out with him and standardize your regulations.
(South Carolina)


02/21/2008 9:05 PM  
Should be To: Mindy


02/22/2008 10:56 PM  
but Robert, don't you park in a parkway? Why would you park in a driveway, shouldn't you drive there?

THis english language is so confusing...

(South Carolina)


02/23/2008 4:37 AM  
We have a couple of Swing Bridges (meaning they open by a section of the bridge swinging open perpendicular).
Now when this bridge is open, it is closed, and when it is closed, it is open. For traffic on the Roadway. The inverse is true for traffic on the waterway. Do you park your boat on a waterway, no, you park your boat in a slip on a dock. We park airplanes in a hanger, tied them down on an apron, and drive them over a runway to take off and follow a route or flight plane. And then we come in for a landing.
Go figure!


02/23/2008 7:06 AM  
and why is there an interstate highway in Hawaii?

and when the ship styrofoam, what do they pack it in?

And what did tornadoes sound like before the invention of freight trains?

man, so many questions

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