When we have visitors
it’s nice to have extra nearby parking to accommodate them. Visitors can be for
a few hours to several (or more) days. We (VACCA) would like to ensure these
accommodations are available to all visitors. However, we have some limitations
and considerations that must be taken into account.
For example, all of our
roads must allow for access by emergency vehicles – at all times. This is our
primary concern so we have rules governing any blocking of our roads.
Basically, under no circumstances may anyone (owner or visitor) park in any
location that would prevent an emergency vehicle from access or passing
Also, since our visitor
parking is quite limited and we want it available for visitors, we limit owner
usage of visitor parking. Basically, owners are not allowed to park in visitor
parking (special exceptions can be approved by the
The above two
considerations dictate almost all of our parking rules and regulations.
An added consideration is
that some units have no parking in front of their garages. This creates
challenges for those owners when visitors arrive. They must find the nearest
visitor parking spot which may not be close and may be difficult to see
To aid with this
situation, we decided to mark the visitor parking so it’s clear where visitors
can park and owners should not park.
That brings us to the
questions of “How long can a visitor park in a visitor parking space?” We have,
previously via our rules and regulations, limited the length of time to three
days (72 hrs.). To accommodate longer stays (and larger vehicles/RVs) the RV
lot can be used on a space available basis. This requires coordination with the
RV Lot committee chair. Three days are free but any longer requires a monthly
payment that is equal to the amount owners pay (currently
With some complaints from
residents about visitors parking for long periods of time in parking spaces
(greater than 72 hrs.), owners parking in visitor parking spaces and owners
& visitors parking in locations that obstruct emergency vehicle access, the
Board decided to do the following:
- Place signs at some designated
visitor parking spaces that clearly mark them for visitors and the amount of
time they can stay parked there.
- Place a reminder in the quarterly
newsletter about our parking rules.
- Send out a reminder about our parking
rules via EVN (VACCA’s email system).
- Post the parking rules and
regulations on our website (VACCA.life)
- For continued violations, use the
notification system we put in place last year and if the violations continue,
apply fines. This has never been needed since owners & visitors have
complied with the rules upon notification of the violation. Violators generally
don’t know the rules or have forgotten them. This is why we are putting the
“reminder” system in place.
At our May Board meeting
we discuss whether to mark the visitor parking spaces by painting (using
stencils) or by using signs. The Board decided on signs since they were deemed
to be more visible, less expensive and last longer. John was asked to provide
an example for consideration. At the June Board meeting John presented an
example sign but the Board (with attendee input) decided on a smaller sign with
more pleasant colors (green rather than black & white). John made the color
change and posted the sign at a parking space on N. Village Ln. for
The majority of our
residents have not weighed in either pro or con. However, the limited community
feedback has been largely negative and that the sign disrupts our “park like”
atmosphere too much.
In view of community
feedback, the Board has decided to abandon our sign approach. Our “talk to the
offender” has worked well for the most part for 30 years. The addition of our
“Reminder” program may be sufficient to minimize the problem. But to make it
work, we need your support. Please learn & follow the rules and share that
information with all of your visitors.