Unfortunately for those who live in minimalistic lifestyles, there are those around the community who choose to have a more excessive lifestyle in which more is better, and bigger is greater; this is especially true when it comes to those individual’s vehicles. Whether this comes about by excessively large sized vehicles, or simply having more than two in the driveway; a superfluity of motor vehicles in a driveway designed for no more than a couple can create quite the parking issue.
By starting now and advising our communities of the nuisance that will be created if everyone began owning an excess of three or more vehicles, perhaps we will bring upon an open eye of awareness to the situation. While some homeowners will be convinced of their necessity for multiple vehicles, they may consider purchasing homes in areas that allow for more cars; such as a less populated condominium association, or a property with greater amounts of land. Maybe they could sell that unnecessary vehicle, or donate their old cars to charity rather than keeping them. While we can do our part by suggesting in our newsletter to reconsider the ownership of so many cars; and while our CC&R’s prevent homeowners from storing them in open parking on the property, as well as being enforced by our HOA fine process; the final definitive action will come down to the responsible sense of the community.
It should not be mistaken that the issue of parking is only a nuisance to a neighbor who automatically becomes the “overflow parking”, but also to the owner of the excess vehicles. One should keep in mind; parking will not magically become available to that homeowner. Therefore, a careful consideration of the true necessity of so many vehicles is absolutely the only “quick fix”.
While anyone with more than two vehicles knows the frustrations of limited parking can bring on in a homeowners association. I would recommend trying to work with the association to determine potential solutions for proper overflow parking, and/or policing the situation. Before a serious amount of frustration takes place, I would like to remind our communities of the reasoning for any restrictive parking regulations. Many times these restrictions are in place so that emergency vehicles can get through the association if necessary without having to confront an illegally parked vehicle. There is also the safety factor of being able to see children that are playing near a road. Also, let’s remember the usefulness of a garage, which is essentially designed as additional parking. If a garage is being used for other purposes, you and your family should sit down and evaluate a reorganization of it so that perhaps it could be used to store a vehicle when necessary.
When you take the time to think about the good reasons that the restrictions are in place, it is a bit easier to accept these rules. I know that I manage associations that only have one parking space per unit, let alone having two. Keeping this in mind, this should come as a reminder to everyone of the importance of overlooking their documents, prior to purchasing and closing on their home; as these stipulations are always made clear. If you start off with a small family and plan on being there for years to come, remember that eventually your children will be driving, and the need for more parking will become available. The key is to keep a realistic mentality when purchasing a home, and plan for the future accordingly, this will certainly alleviate any future inconveniences.