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Betsy
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Parking Regulations
by Betsy on September 11th, 2010

This doesn't concern the Mueller covenants but I wanted to post the legal requirements governing parking in the state of Texas. It's clear that many folks don't understand these. These are state law and are applicable whether a sign says "No Parking" or not. These are necessary to provide safety for all users in our community, including pedestrians. We have lots of kids here and pedestrian safety is very important so I hope everyone will review these and ensure that they are parking legally.

The following is from Texas Transportation Code (with a little emphasis added to highlight the areas I've observed the most problems with):

Sec. 545.302. STOPPING, STANDING, OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES. (a) An operator may not stop, stand, or park a vehicle:
(1) on the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
(2) on a sidewalk;
(3) in an intersection;
(4) on a crosswalk;
(5) between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of a place on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the governing body of a municipality designates a different length by signs or markings;
(6) alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction if stopping, standing, or parking the vehicle would obstruct traffic;
(7) on a bridge or other elevated structure on a highway or in a highway tunnel;
(8) on a railroad track; or
(9) where an official sign prohibits stopping.

(b) An operator may not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger, stand or park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle:
(1) in front of a public or private driveway;
(2) within 15 feet of a fire hydrant;
(3) within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(4) within 30 feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;

The prohibition on parking in an 'intersection' includes the numerous T-intersections we have in Mueller. It's important (I think) to note that these regulations were developed with safety in mind. For example, if a vehicle is parked too close to a crosswalk, even on the departure side of a crosswalk, they block driver's view of pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Our bulbouts, signs and striping do not mirror exactly the state law. I believe Catellus is trying to do that better in future phases, but we need to look to the law first for guidance on what is legal.

Thanks,
Betsy
 
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dodger
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Parking Question--New Weekly Garden Homes
by dodger on November 13th, 2010

Is there a plan for parking connected with the new Weekly Garden Homes? I know the homes will have garages, but the norm at Mueller seems to be to put one car in a garage and park the other on the street. Given this, where will the 150 residents of the Garden Homes park their extra cars? Is there a plan for this in the development? Will there be street parking inside of the parcel of land located at Berkman/Tom Miller/Hermalinda?
 
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danx111
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Parking Question--New Weekly Garden Homes
by danx111 on November 13th, 2010

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Is there a plan for parking connected with the new Weekly Garden Homes? I know the homes will have garages, but the norm at Mueller seems to be to put one car in a garage and park the other on the street. Given this, where will the 150 residents of the Garden Homes park their extra cars? Is there a plan for this in the development? Will there be street parking inside of the parcel of land located at Berkman/Tom Miller/Hermalinda?


Check with Jennifer Harvey, POA Manager: jharvey@allianceonline.net

At the last neighborhood meeting Catellus told us they would be enforcing the "new" parking rules although I haven't seen the formal announcement
 
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dhs
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Parking Question--New Weekly Garden Homes
by dhs on November 15th, 2010

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At the last neighborhood meeting Catellus told us they would be enforcing the "new" parking rules although I haven't seen the formal announcement


What are the new rules? In the latest HOA newsletter/bill, it stated that residents could park a vehicle in the street for 72 hours. Is that it? And what does that mean? I can think of several possible ways to interpret that -- 72 hours continuously or 72 hours continually or overnight for 3 consecutive nights or ... .

Doug

 
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ret1ree00
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Parking Question--New Weekly Garden Homes
by ret1ree00 on November 15th, 2010

The POA adopted the same rules for residents as for guests.

The 72 hour rule allows residents to park their cars up to 72 hours continuously without having to move the vehicle. After 72 hours the vehicle needs to move.

They still want the residents cars to be parked in the garages as much as possible.

Joe

 
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Daniel Colimon
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Blue trucking parked at the park
by Daniel Colimon on November 16th, 2010

Can someone explain what is going on with the older, blue pickup truck parked on Antone in front of Wooton Park? It was in the same spot for long time several weeks ago, then it was moved.

It has been parked in the same spot for the past 10 days or so.
 
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Mike
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Parking Question--New Weekly Garden Homes
by Mike on November 16th, 2010

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I can think of several possible ways to interpret that -- 72 hours continuously or 72 hours continually or overnight for 3 consecutive nights or ... .


The rule is intended to allow residents to park on the street, but to dissuade people from using the street as car storage.

Please keep in mind that people go on vacation, get sick, travel for work, have babies, amongst a whole list of things that might change a persons normal schedule and cause a person to leave a car parked for an extended time.

The POA does not patrol the neighborhood looking for violations. They rely on neighbors reporting issues to the POA. The POA does not monitor this website. If you want to report an issue you must do so through muelleraustinonline.com or to Jennifer Harvey.
 
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dhs
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New POA parking rules - FAIL
by dhs on November 16th, 2010

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The rule is intended to allow residents to park on the street, but to dissuade people from using the street as car storage.


Now that I understand the new rules, I am extremely disappointed in both the rules and the process by which they were made.

I attended three meetings about parking, and a clear majority of the people at each of these meetings favored some restricted form of on-street parking for residents. The restrictions that were discussed mainly related to the number or size of vehicles, and not the length of time the vehicle is parked.

The new rules essentially mean that people can park as many vehicles on the street as they want, subject to some vague (define: move) requirement that will be impossible to enforce. If you think otherwise, consider the complaint registered above by Daniel:

"Can someone explain what is going on with the older, blue pickup truck parked on Antone in front of Wooton Park? (...)
It has been parked in the same spot for the past 10 days or so."

Try to prove this legally, or even to argue it intelligently. Short of a webcam operating 24/7 with some external verification, all you have is one person's word.

And consider that the city apparently doesn't even try to enforce the total parking time rule at public meters, and these are for much shorter periods (usually 2-3 hours downtown), and they have meter monitors to boot! (pun not intended)

As much as I dislike the rule, I even more strongly dislike the process by which it was made. A group selected in secret and meeting in secret and blatantly ignoring the public "input" on the matter (it isn't really input when it's so completely disregarded) - George III would have been proud.

Completely disgusted,
Doug

 
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Ashley
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New POA parking rules
by Ashley on November 16th, 2010

I would like to thank all those that served on the various parking committees, groups, etc. I know that there was a lot of time, thought and factors that contributed to the decision.

This process has been going on pretty much since the pioneer stage. They held several public meetings over the last few years, solicited many outside comments and had a lot of factors to consider.
 
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Mike
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New POA parking rules - FAIL
by Mike on November 16th, 2010

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As much as I dislike the rule, I even more strongly dislike the process by which it was made. A group selected in secret and meeting in secret and blatantly ignoring the public "input" on the matter (it isn't really input when it's so completely disregarded) - George III would have been proud.



Doug,
In May 2009 Alliance asked for volunteers to be a part of the Parking Solutions Input Committee. The group was not selected in secret. Every resident was offered the opportunity to be a part of the group.
A survey was completed in Nov 2009. The vast majority of residents wanted some form of on-street parking. Resident input was used in making the recommendation to the POA to change the existing rule.

Mike
 
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