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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 or place any objects on a Wildernest roadway or right-of-way (ROW). The ROW varies throughout the district and even on the same road. Vehicles parked on the roadway/right-of-way will be reported to the Summit County Sheriff’s office. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs related to towing and impound fees. For more information on ROWs, please refer to your properties plat or you can use the counties website to view online. http://gis.summitcountyco.gov/Map/
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.
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.
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. Check with the county for information on number of cars allowed.
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. It is a very serious job to remove snow from roads in the wintertime with large machinery. Parking on the roads and right of ways makes their job more potentially dangerous and impedes snow removal operations. BMMD appreciates your cooperation in complying with the law and rules.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can my neighbor have a trailer and I cannot?
Every property in Wildernest is unique! How the original builder placed the home on the site in regards to shape of the building, the layout of the property lines and the distance to utility easements.
EVERY property in the district has a minimum of a 10’ drainage and utility easement that is along all lot lines on all properties. The number increases to 20’ on properties that border the district boundary/are adjacent to the forest service. There are also additional easements for utilities and drainage areas that are not on the property lines.
What are setbacks?
County setbacks are 25’ front and rear of properties. Side setbacks are 7’ or 10' depending on the property type. The District’s 10’ utility easement overrides areas of the County’s 7’ limit.
Why can’t I park at the end of my driveway?
Per Summit County standards, no cars or vehicles are allowed to park in the right of way. Be sure to check your property lines as the ROW varies throughout the district and even on the same road. Please check the county GIS for information on property lines. http://gis.summitcountyco.gov/Map/
Why are the districts rules slightly different than the counties?
The districts protective covenants and rules and regulations can and sometimes are more stringent than the counties. The most stringent regulations apply.
What is a county approved parking area?
Contact the Summit County Engineering Dept. at 970-668-4208 on what constitutes acceptable graveling or paving and if a grading permit is required.