Parking Issues In Wildernest

As we all know, Wildernest is a densely populated community. Each property has designated parking spaces. These spaces  were approved by the County and take into account lot size, drainage, snow storage, setbacks, and utility easements. With more and more full-time residents and short-term visitors in Wildernest, parking availability is more and more limited causing people to park on County roads and/or make-up illegal parking spaces on their property. This article will explain the
County laws and BMMD rules relating to parking in Wildernest.

No Parking on County Roads
It is illegal to park any vehicle on a Wildernest roadway or right-of-way. The right-of-way typically extends 15 feet from the edge of the asphalt on both sides of public roads in Wildernest and you may not park or place any objects in the right-ofway. Vehicles parked on the roadway/right-of-way will have a Summit County Sheriff’s warning placed on the vehicle and the license plate will be recorded. If not moved promptly, the vehicle could be ticketed or towed. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs related to towing and impound fees. In addition, BMMD will send a Notice of Parking violation to the property owner which will include monetary penalties if the violation continues.

Dedicated Parking Spaces
Each property in Wildernest has designated parking spaces approved by Summit County at the time the property was built. You cannot park on other areas of the property that is not dedicated for parking. Violation of this law will cause Summit County to issue a cease and desist and corrective action mandate which will include restoring the area back to its original condition. In addition, BMMD will send a Notice of Parking violation to the property owner which may include penalties if the violation continues. There are ways to legally go about increasing the number of parking spaces at your property. You first need a property site plan identifying existing setbacks, easements, drainage, and snow storage in order for you to determine if there is new parking capacity available. Contact BMMD for additional information and guidance.

BMMD Protective Covenants – Parking
The BMMD Protective Covenants include rules about parking in the Wildernest Community. Here is an excerpt from Article XV., 1500 - .05 - PARKING:
“No party shall park, store or allow to remain any vehicle on unpaved areas (excepting any approved gravel parking area); park any unlicensed vehicles (unless covered with a cover made to fit the vehicle); park any commercial vehicles (as defined in the Code); park any vehicle on or overhanging a road, path, sidewalk,or street right-of-way; or park recreational vehicles, boats or utility trailers in any front yard (or
driveway) or setback within the Premises.” Violation of these rules will cause BMMD to send a Notice of Parking violation to the property owner which will include penalties if the violation goes uncorrected.

Trailers, Recreational Vehicles, RV, Boats
BMMD Protective Covenants do not allow trailers, boats, utility trailers or recreational vehicles to be stored or parked in any front yard or driveway (see Covenant provision above). You may however, store these items in a garage, or on an “approved” parking spot on the side or back of your property. You may have noticed some properties with trailers in plain view at the property. In most cases, those properties have met the specific criteria for approved parking spots on the side or back of their property. BMMD enforces this provision on a continuous basis. For property owners that lease units, BMMD suggests you include language in the lease about this Protective Covenant regulation to avoid violation letters.

Short-Term Rentals
For properties used as short-term rentals, BMMD suggests you include specific information about parking availability and the number of cars allowed at your property on the listing site. Some visitor cars have been towed because they were not aware that street parking is against the law even though signs are clearly posted throughout the community.

It is important that we all recognize the potential danger that illegal parking causes to both human and environmental safety. Parking in the street that is used for roadway traffic could cause a serious accident. Parking on land that is not dedicated causes erosion and could impede drainage facilities or cause damage to underground utilities. BMMD appreciates your cooperation in complying with the law and rules.