|Boats would be banned in community parking districts.|
Within a CPD, people would not be allowed to park boats, recreational vehicles, single-axle trailers, or oversized trucks on public streets in residential areas.
Gross’s office had been getting lots of complaints about parking, so she put out a notice to residents last month asking if they’d be interested in creating a large-area CPD. While most residents who’ve responded favor the idea, a lot of people are confused, she said. Some people had the mistaken idea that a CPD is a large parking lot where people keep boats and large vehicles.
After Gross’s office receives enough feedback on a large-area CPD, she will determine whether to proceed or not. “We’re still gathering information,” she said.
At a recent meeting of the Broyhill Crest Community Association, officer Joe Flynn of the Mason Police District, explained CPDs and other parking regulations.
There are two types of CPDs, Flynn said. A large-area CPD, like the one under discussion for Mason District, would cover an entire magisterial district. It would have to be proposed by a supervisor and approved by the Board of Supervisors. No fees would be imposed on residents, and there would be no signs identifying the area as a CPD. The Lee and Mt. Vernon districts have been designated large-area CPDs.
Currently, single-axle trailers, boats, and RVs can be parked on residential streets but would be banned if the area is part of a CPD and the vehicle is not moved for 48 hours. Those vehicles would have to be parked in the homeowner’s driveway or stored somewhere else. According to Flynn, vehicle storage lots generally charge $70 to $100 a month.
If Mason District is designated a CPD, residents would be notified and there would be an attempt to educate the community about the rule changes, Flynn said. Illegally parked vehicles would get a warning slip for the first 60 days. After that they would be subject to a $100 ticket.
If police receive a complaint about an RV or other banned vehicle, they would tag it and come back a few days later to see it it’s still there, he said.
The other type of CPD is a community-based CPD, which covers a smaller area. A local community association or HOA would have to approve it. Each resident would be charged a $10 fee to cover the cost of signs. There is currently one community-based CPD in Mason District, covering the one public street, Pinecrest Vista Drive, in The Pinecrest.
Another type of restricted parking is the residential parking district (RPD). Homeowners can request their area be designated an RPD if they have a problem with a lot of outsiders’ cars on their streets. There are several RPDs near the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, for example, to prevent students from parking in front of people’s houses.
RPDs have to be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Homeowners within an RPD have to display a sticker on their car. Cars parked without stickers are subject to a $75 ticket.
VDOT owns most roadways in the county, and the Fairfax County Police Department can enforce parking laws on all public streets, Flynn said. Most streets within HOAs are privately owned, and the police need permission from the HOA board to enforce parking laws on those streets. There are exceptions, though, if it’s a safety issue. For example, police can ticket cars on private roads parked too close to a fire hydrant.
Commercial vehicles are generally allowed in private driveways but are prohibited on residential streets if they exceed a certain size: more than 21 feet long, taller than eight feet (including ladders), and wider than 108 inches. Violators are subject to a $100 fine.
The definition of commercial vehicle is solely based on size – a vehicle with signs or placards on it isn’t in violation if it fits within the size limit.
No more than three commercial vehicles are allowed at a residential address – but that’s a zoning violation, not a police matter. No more than one cab is allowed to park long-term in front of a house.
An inoperable vehicle can be towed if not moved within four days. A vehicle with expired tags or no safety inspection sticker can also be towed if not moved for four days. Unattended vehicles can be towed if not moved for 10 days.