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Marking Your Parking
Program Overview
The “Marking Your Parking” Program requires each property owner to designate a specific location for parking personal use vehicles (cars, SUVs, vans, small trucks, pick-up trucks) and provides criteria for parking inoperable and unlicensed vehicles in residential neighborhoods. This program will become effective on January 1, 2010 and fully enforced on February 1, 2010. The current City code requires personal use vehicles to be parked in a “driveway or permanent designated area attached to the driveway”, also known as a Designated Parking Area (DPA). However, there is no criteria provided for the location of a driveway or DPA on a residential lot. Being unrestricted, parking can occur across the entire front yard and can result in broken sidewalks, as well as a disheveled appearance for the neighborhood. The following outlines the “Marking Your Parking” Program:

Marking your Parking

Information Line: (407) 262-7751
City Ordinance # 09-1295


Requirements 
Personal use vehicles are defined as cars, SUVs, vans, small trucks, and pick-up trucks. All personal use vehicles shall be parked in a garage, carport, driveway, or DPA. This program does not apply to large vehicles or recreational vehicles such as motor homes, watercraft, or trailers which are covered by different ordinances.

The general requirements for a driveway and DPA are as follows: 

  • The parking area must be located in the front yard, shall be no more than 1/3 of the front yard and must be cohesive. The parking area must be located on the side of the yard that is adjacent to the garage or carport. If there is no garage or carport, the property owner must select a permanent side of their property to designate as their parking area.
  • Parking in the middle of the yard is prohibited except for circular driveways or if the lot configuration or a natural barrier prevents the driveway from being located elsewhere.
  • Parking of personal use vehicles in the rear yard is allowed only if that is the location of a permitted attached or detached garage/carport.
  • Parking in planned residential developments or multi-family districts shall be on the paved driveway and parking areas provided in the approved site plan. View the list of planned residential developments.
  • One ten-foot wide DPA is permitted adjacent to the driveway within the R-2F (duplex) housing district.
  • The driveway and DPA shall be constructed of impervious materials (pavers, asphalt, gravel, concrete) or pervious materials (sod, bark, mulch).
  • A border/edge of landscape timbers, pavers, bricks, or natural landscaping is required if pervious materials are used for the driveway and DPA.
  • Existing driveways/DPAs must now conform to the location and formal border restrictions of this program unless they were constructed via a City permit.
  • A permit is required to construct a driveway or DPA made of impervious/paved materials.
  • Vehicles parked on the driveway and DPA may not encroach onto the sidewalk.
  • Unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles shall be parked in a garage or removed from the property.

Diagram of Parking Restrictions
Diagram of Parking Restrictions


Examples 
  • Incorrect
    • Vehicles shall not be parked in a disorderly fashion throughout the front yard as depicted in the image below.

Incorrect Parking

  • Correct
    • A defined driveway and DPA must be located on the side of the yard with a garage or carport. If there is no garage or carport, the property owner must select a permanent side of their property for their driveway and DPA. Parking areas of pervious materials such as sod, bark, or mulch must have a defined border. This border/edge may be constructed of landscape timbers, pavers, bricks, or natural landscaping.

Correct Parking

FAQs
Q: If I already have a driveway/DPA must I follow these restrictions?
A: Yes, all existing driveways and DPAs must now conform to the location and formal border restrictions of this program unless they were constructed via a City permit.

Q: Do these restrictions apply if I already have a circular driveway?
A: Residents with permitted circular driveways may park in the middle of their yard on the circular driveway.  However, a DPA will not be permitted on a property with a circular driveway. 

Q: What kind of materials must I use for my driveway/DPA and border/edge?
A: A driveway/DPA may be constructed of pervious materials such as sod, bark, or mulch. If the driveway/DPA is constructed of pervious materials, a border/edge of landscape timbers, pavers, brick, decorative landscape materials, or natural landscaping is required. A driveway/DPA may be constructed of impervious materials such as pavers, asphalt, gravel or concrete. When an impervious/paved driveway/DPA is constructed, an impervious/paved driveway apron is required.

Q: Are new circular driveways allowed?
A: Yes. Circular driveways may be constructed of pervious or impervious/paved materials. Please note that a permit is required for a driveway/DPA constructed of impervious/paved materials.

Q: Does my driveway apron have to be constructed of impervious/paved materials?
A: When an impervious/paved driveway/DPA is constructed, an impervious/paved driveway apron is required.

Q: Do I have to relocate my water meter to construct a driveway and/or driveway apron?
A: Yes. Residents must come to City Hall to apply for a permit. The property owner shall assume the cost of meter relocation.

Q: Am I or my visitors allowed to park on the street?
A: Yes. However, it is important to note that vehicles are only allowed to park on the street for a maximum of 48 hours at a time. In doing so, residents are asked to be mindful to not block roadways for emergency vehicles.

Q: If I have an unlicensed/inoperable vehicle, where can I park it?
A: Unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles shall be parked in a garage or removed from the property.

Q: Will variances or waivers be provided for issues such as location of vehicles or approved materials?
A: No. All residents must follow the requirements outlined in this program.




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