A common complaint the Association receives is about overnight on-street parking. We understand this can be a contentious topic and wanted to answer some frequently asked questions.
Willowsford's Community Charter prohibits overnight parking of vehicles on public or private streets. Exhibit C Section 2 (a) prohibits: "Overnight parking of vehicles on public or private streets, or parking of commercial vehicles or equipment, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, golf carts, boats and other watercraft, trailers, stored vehicles, or inoperable vehicles in places other than enclosed garages or other locations screened from view of adjacent property..."
What Does This Mean?
Vehicles must be parked in the driveway or garage at night and may not be parked on the street.
Does this Rule Apply to Private Streets Only?
No. This rule applies to all streets located within the Willowsford community; whether public or private.
How Can the Association Make/Enforce a Rule for a VDOT Street?
Because this rule is recorded as an exhibit to the Willowsford Charter, it permits the Association to exercise authority to enforce this rule within the parameters of the Charter along the public streets within Willowsford.
How is this Rule Enforced?
If you suspect a vehicle has been parked overnight on the street regularly, please reach out to the Association at HOA@willowsford.com. A time-stamped photo of the vehicle in question at night and again in the morning must be provided.
Why Do I Have to Provide Photos? Can't the HOA Staff Inspect Property Regularly for Overnight Parking Violations?
The Association does not have the resources to conduct inspections for overnight parking as cars must be noted at night and again in the morning.
Why Can't Signal 88 Conduct Inspections for Overnight On-Street Parking?
The approved budget does not support increasing patrols to inspect specifically for overnight on-street parking violations.
I Have Several Drivers Living in my Home; How Do I Fit Them All in My Driveway/Garage?
We have found that many residents do not use their garage spaces to store vehicles. We recommend utilizing your garage as additional parking, if possible. For families that have rotating schedules, it may require some creativity to accommodate the first out/last in without parking on the street, but often time it can be done.
I Have Submitted a Complaint, with Photos. What Happens Now?
Willowsford's Due Process Resolution requires the following steps to be followed for a parking violation:
- Complaint submitted in writing to the Association with time-stamped photos of the parking violation at night and again in the morning.
- Association staff contacts the resident(s) reminding them of the rule, requesting parking on the street to cease.
- If the vehicle(s) is still parked overnight after a week following the initial complaint, additional time-stamped photos must be sent to the HOA.
- Association staff sends a violation notice to the resident stating that continued overnight on-street parking will lead to a hearing in front of the Covenants Committee if not ceased.
- If the vehicle(s) is still parked overnight after a week following the second complaint, additional time-stamped photos must be sent to the HOA.
- Association staff sends a notice of hearing to the resident. A fourteen (14) days' notice prior to a hearing is required and, depending on the hearing schedule, may require a waiting period until the following hearing date instead.
- At the hearing, the Covenants Committee will listen to the resident address the violation for on-street parking and may suspend amenity privileges or impose monetary sanctions if the violation continues.