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ret1ree00
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Parking Restrictions
by ret1ree00 on September 7th, 2007

We've posted a similar comment on the Yahoo Listserve on Mueller and just found out about this site.

Supplemental to the Mixed-Use Covenant says the following on page 12:
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2.35 On Street Parking. No Owner or resident may park a vehicle on any road or street within the Property unless in the event of an emergency or as otherwise approved in writing by the Board. Guests and/or visitors may not park a vehicle on any road or street within the Property for more than
seventy two (72) consecutive hours unless in the event of an emergency or as otherwise approved in writing by the Board. "Emergency" for purpose of this Section 2.35 means an event which jeopardizes life or property. "Parked" as used herein shall be defined as a vehicle left unattended for more than thirty (30) consecutive minutes.


We know Mueller is emphasizing a bike/ped/transit friendly environment
and that's one thing that attracts us, but the fact is that a 2-income
family (necessary to afford these homes in the first place)with high
school age teenagers and/or college students still living at home,
that family is going to have more cars than will fit in the 2-car
garage. Additionally there are those that have more than one personal
vehicle (i.e. a collector car as well as their daily driver).

We hope the new HOA task force will address this issue satisfactorily.
 
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austinel
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by austinel on September 8th, 2007

I agree. It should be that each home is allowed X number of street parking permits, and that it is also possible to get visitors temporary permits (that last longer than 72 hours). All through an easy-to-access office.
 
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ccosart
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by ccosart on September 10th, 2007

Or it could just follow one of the most fundamental New Urbanist principles and allow street parking...

Seriously, this is such a basic part of New Urbanism I can't believe there are *any* street parking restrictions.
 
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Gil
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by Gil on September 10th, 2007

I can understand the arguement against street parking restrictions. On the other hand, we currently live in a nearby eastside neighborhood, and there are a few houses on our street with multiple vehicles that are always parked on the street - some of them never move, have flat tires, and are full of junk. We find it a major eyesore and it makes the whole block look kind of trashy. There have periodically been vehicles impounded and towed by the city because they have sat for so long. I'm glad to be leaving that scenario behind in favor of a cleaner streetscape.

I also think that in practical terms, some of the Mueller streets are so narrow, that if there were constantly cars parked out there, there wouldn't be much room to drive. So my thought is that these guidelines actually help limit the number of vehicles in the neighborhood, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on September 10th, 2007

Sure I can agree with that too, but there are REALLY simple ways around this and many apartments I lived in throughout college implemented them.

How is this for a simple modification:

Vehicles that have expired license plates or expired registrations, or vehicles that suffer from flat tires, missing tires, or otherwise have not been moved and are in a dangerous and/or immobile state will need to be moved within 72 hours. A written notice will be issued to the surrounding homes the vehicle is parked in front of, as well as the registered owner. After 72 hours, the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense.

So, I'm not a legal individual, but it seems to me the paragraph I just came up with would serve pretty well?

I fully agree that we don't want eyesores and people's 'project' cars lining the street. But what's the harm in having a completely legal and street worthy car sitting out front?

Secondly, it's not like this is an enforceable ordinance. Are they going to start chalking tires and somehow monitoring them for 72 hours? Why even write something so ridiculous?

It just makes the regulations sound harsh and uninviting all the while not really dealing with the spirit of why it should exist in the first place.

Thoughts?
 
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Gil
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by Gil on September 10th, 2007

I guess something like that would address the issue of non-functional vehicles, but I still feel that multiple, more or less permanently parked cars all down my street is not desirable. Again, the streets are narrow (mine is for sure) and if there are two walls of cars all the way down the block, it will basically have to be a one-way street. I dont like the image of that at all from an aesthetic point of view, and as the parent of a young child, I also worry about safety with more cars coming and going and blocking sightlines. From the beginning, I was glad to see that parking would be rear-entry and out of sight. In my view, a less cluttered streetscape is a major attraction of this community.
 
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Kevin Ludlow
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by Kevin Ludlow on September 10th, 2007

Gil Wrote:
...if there are two walls of cars all the way down the block, it will basically have to be a one-way street. I dont like the image of that at all from an aesthetic point of view, and as the parent of a young child, I also worry about safety with more cars coming and going and blocking sightlines.


I understand that completely, but the only bit about it I'm not sure I follow is if you think the streets WONT be like that with the parking rules.

My speculation is that the streets will be continually full of cars at all hours of the day. It's really just a question of WHOs car is actually sitting there at any given moment.

Additionally, I'm pretty sure that you can only park on one side of the street down all of the blocks. I'll take specific notice next time I head down there (probably tomorrow), but my recollection is that it's just on one side of the street.

In particular, the streets that have actual painted out parallel parking slots on the street are definitely only on one side.
 
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Gil
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by Gil on September 10th, 2007

I hear you on that - I'm not under the illusion that the streets will be car-free, but I hope there will be less on-street parking than there is in my current neighborhood. I am guessing most people will have 2 cars and use their garage, but I do understand that some will have more vehicles, have visitors, etc.
 
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kerry
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by kerry on September 10th, 2007

Most streets do have parking on both sides. More details are in Appendix B of the Design Guidelines (http://www.muelleraustin.com/dwnlds/des ... elines.pdf).
 
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preyn2
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by preyn2 on September 12th, 2007

How wide are the streets supposed to be from curb line to curb line? I have a professional preference for wider streets.
 
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