Nov
16

Parking Ordinance Changes

For several years, Council Members discussed the City’s parking ordinance and the changes that were necessary to simultaneously work for property owners with limited room to park and for those who do not want to see their property values and quality of life decline. Consequently, the Planning Commission worked diligently for months to draft an ordinance that will best meet the needs of the majority of residents.

The City has always enforced the seasonal parking restrictions:  no parking on City streets November 1 — April 1. Where there is no curb, there is no parking within a distance of 20’ of the center of the usable roadway.

Last year the City Council adopted an ordinance amendment mandating that all vehicles must be parked on the homeowner’s property (i.e. not in the City right-of-way, between the sidewalk and the street or in the front yard) in an area specifically designated for parking. The amendment allows overnight parking in designated City-owned lots which are currently the lot to the north of the Post Office, the lot at the south east corner of Second and Elm, and the lot behind D & J Nails.

The CSPD will continue to enforce the State law which prohibits parking across a sidewalk.

For a complete listing of the rules and regulations and how they will affect you please review the following:

Rules Governing Overnight Parking

Comments

  1. To whom this may concern,

    I truly feel this ordinance is improperly placed. As many residents know first hand, Cedar Springs was established in days when driveways were not need, and also for the driveways added after residents got cars, that those driveways were meant to hold 1 vehicle. Snap to the modern day, when it is not uncommon for families to have an average of 3 cars. Living in the heart of the city myself, and coming from a house with 2 cars, it is next to impossible to comply with all of the parking ordinances. In order for both cars to be parked in our small driveway, one must be parked over the sidewalk, and to avoid covering the sidewalk completely, the end of the car will be sticking out further than a car parked parallel to the street.
    I understand there a designated areas to park, but ask yourself, when you are dressed nicely for work, do you want to walk 3 blocks in the cold at 5a to get to your car? Also, I noticed on my drive home today, that many cars are parked all over in yards, looking like something you see in stereo typed redneck movie. Which I believe a torn up yard will lower land value, correct?
    As you’ve probably figured out, why yes, I did receive a parking violation myself. But I was against this beforehand regardless, and unfortunately missed the meeting last Thursday due to work. I would also like to mention that the violation was for ‘Parking 20 Feet Within The Center Of The Street’. Well in order to enforce something, it needs to be black and white, with no gray areas. Everyone in town, regardless of using a driveway, is parked within 20 feet of the center lines. So enforce it to everyone. By not doing so, that’s bad policing.
    At least help your citizens out by allowing odd and even parking days like every other city. I see no problem with this, as I understand it was never a problem with the parking before until these last few years. Before then, it was no parking on or one block from Main Street. Which is understandable, but I have to ask myself, is the traffic volume of about 6 cars a day down my street, that intense?
    Please, take the time to truly think things through, and to represent the people who placed you, before making such decisions. This is, dare I say, one of the dumbest things ever.
    Thank you for your time.

  2. Thank you for your comments Lisa. You are absolutely correct in your analysis that the number of cars per household have increased over the years. However, most communities in the US (Cedar Springs included) were all established around the same time period and parking ordinances are not a new concept. The difference is, Cedar Springs has not enforced the ordinances that have been on the books, whereas most other communities have been doing so for a number of years. As with any change, there is going to be some growing pains while property owners work to find a solution. In most cases, there are, in fact, ways to acccomodate vehicles on the property. In the instances where property owners simply cannot accomodate at least one vehicle, there is a process in place to allow a variance to the ordinance. Change is difficult; we understand that. But if we ever want to move beyond the stereotype that you reference, we must all be willing to work towards a solution.

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