Folks living in Ridgeview at Stetson Hills are upset.
Some are angry that their own homeowners association is spending HOA money to hire a security service to patrol neighborhood streets at night looking for illegal parking.
Not thieves. Or vandals. Or speeders.
They are hot on the trail of those darned illegal overnight parkers. And we’re not talking folks in RVs camping out like it’s some Wal-Mart parking lot. We’re talking Ridgeview residents parking in front of their homes.
Technically, they aren’t parking illegally. Actually, most are simply parking parallel to the curb on public streets. But they are violating Ridgeview covenants mandating all cars be off the streets at night.
Turns out a lot of people in Ridgeview _ a neighborhood of 3,200 homes developed over the last 10 years _ want those overnight parkers to get tickets. Here’s a map of the neighborhood.
It’s a nightmare for the Ridgeview Homeowners Association board. They have spent two years struggling to solve the parking issue. They’ve written about it repeatedly in monthly newsletters. They’ve conducted an analysis: stetsonparkinganaylsis. Urged people to get involved.
Read more here: stetsonfall2008newsletter
Here’s an view of the problem. As you can see, there are too many houses, squeezed on tiny little lots. (It happens all over Colorado Springs. Thanks, California-inspired developers.)
Inexplicably, some of the houses have only one-car garages. (Did they think we’d be all be riding scooters by 2008?)
Also, the driveways are very short and many are too steep to safely park a car, residents argue. See for yourself.
If you are one of those people who store things in your garage other than your car, you are in trouble.
Dare to park on the street overnight and you are likely to get one of these:
Ridgeview at Stetson Hills HOA board members say they are only doing their job and enforcing covenants everyone agreed to follow when they bought their homes.
They say the fines are not designed to generate revenue. They simply seek to encourage enforcement. Doesn’t hurt the fines cover the cost of the security patrols, though.