Category: Visitor Parking

Residents in Visitor Parking

We have been having issues with residents, both owners and renters, parking vehicles in the Visitor Lots without the required Visitor Parking Permits displayed on the vehicle.

All visitor lots are clearly marked with signage that says:

In many cases, what people tend to concentrate on these signs is the “48 Hour Limit” part, thinking that phrase gives them 48 hours within which to park a resident vehicle in a visitor lot.  That is not the case, however. It says that Visitors can park in the visitor lot for a period of time no longer than 48 hours.

The next part of the sign details the consequences for violating the top part of the sign, towing at your expense. In the past month or so,we have towed about 6 or 7 resident vehicles parked in the visitor lots. These signs and the verbiage upon them are not new; the signs and these rules have been here for about 40-45 years.

We do understand that sometimes it is necessary to utilize the visitor lot  when getting work done on you property or if you have company over and they need to park closer to the house due to disabilities. We have notified folks in the Information notices we send out twice a year that if you need to park a vehicle in the visitor lot for a short period, you need to call the Office and let us know.

So, please keep this in mind and if you do need to park a vehicle in the visitor lot, call the Office. If the Office is closed,  leave us a message or use the Contact Us button in the menu.  I check that email address several times daily.


R2Park Update – May 7th

Following the Open Board Meeting on May 6th, the Board deliberated on the concerns voiced by the 60-80 residents (both owners and renters) who attended the meeting and in executive session the Board voted to discontinue the Register to park program. The R2Park signs will be removed over the weekend.  Notices of the Board’s decision have been placed on each of the 416 properties here, as some mentioned they did not have a computer or access to the internet.

There will be a Special Meeting called in July to define what “48 Hour Limit” actually means. That has never been clearly delineated since its initial inception.   Notices of this Meeting will be on the website and signs on property once it is scheduled.

Expired Registration or Parking Permits

Over the past few days, Excalibur Towing has been removing vehicles from our visitor lots that have expired registration.  This is not a recent rule for the visitor lots; it has been around for a very long time.  In addition, we have towed a vehicle for an expired Parking Permit.  Just like with vehicle registration, it is your responsibility to assure that these items are renewed prior to its expiration.

Reminder: We Are Towing Violators From the Visitor Lots

It seems we need to remind people that we do have a Visitor Lot Parking Permit program which went into effect on July 1, 2015. This policy was mailed to every homeowner on record because the homeowner needed to fill out the application and get the permits. Initially, we had a total of 37 parking spots we were going to rent located on both sides of the complex. We did not have an exuberant response at all with the applications trickling in.

We also noticed that we still have people with 3 or 4 vehicles who never applied for a permit when they did meet the requirements to do so.  We have issued 4 Notices over the past year which reiterate that the Visitor Lots are for Visitors Only, and yet, we have people who continue to park there who are not visitors.

86_resizedI have heard some residents say they were never given any notice prior to their vehicle getting towed; the sign to the left is the Notice.  These signs have been here for decades, but no one seems to believe they mean much. We had one resident who took us to Tow Court (Justice of the Peace ) and the Judge asked if the plaintiff had read this sign, meaning that this sign does serve as legal notice; the Judge interpreted it to mean exactly as it is written and the plaintiff lost the case. These signs have been up long enough to get faded and were replaced last year, so folks should be well familiar with them.

The Board of Directors recently revised the Visitor Lot Parking Permit Policy, the modified version went into effect on January 1, 2016. We changed a few minor points, but not the requirements necessary to get a permit. You can get a copy of these from the Menu above, under Governing Documents.  We are also mailing out a copy of this revised policy to all property addresses. This policy, and all Governing Documents, are also filed with the Dallas County Clerk’s Office which makes them a matter of public record.

We will be randomly patrolling both sides of the property and will provide one warning only to violators. If you have already received a written Warning letter from the office regarding parking in the visitor lots you have been properly notified and no further warnings will be issued.



Visitor Parking Policy, Revised

At the last Board Meeting held on December 3, 2015, there were modifications made to the initial Visitor Parking Permits  policy. As stated previously, this policy will be modified periodically as required, and in order to properly notify everyone of these recent changes, we will be sending out a letter to all homeowners within the week.

On another note, the towing company is here almost every day now, day and night patrols,  and have been towing vehicles parked in the fire lane, with expired registrations, and parking without authorization. They are authorized to do this due to our contract with them.

You can find a copy of our parking rules in the menu above, Governing Documents.

The Visitor Lot 48 Hour Rule

There was a vehicle towed today from a visitor lot for violating the 48 hour rule as posted on the signs. The vehicle belongs to a homeowner/tenant and had been tagged for being in the lot for 4 days. The tag was removed, which does not negate the violation.

Just so we are clear, the Board defines the 48 hour rule as parking in any visitor lot for more than 48 hours. Moving a vehicle over one or two spaces or to another visitor lot changes nothing. The posted 48 hour limit for parking in a visitor lot  means just that. These lots are for Visitor Parking Only which is also posted on the signs. This vehicle could have been towed for either reason because it was not authorized to park there.

Violating the Association’s parking rules will result in your vehicle being towed. You can find these rules by clicking on Governing Documents, above.



17 Visitor Parking Permits Still Available

Out of the 37 Visitor Parking spaces approved by the Board for 6 month or 3 month rental, we have only had 20 residents apply for a permit, and only about 10 who have come in and picked up their parking sticker.  We still have 17 rental spaces available if someone wants to fill out an application.

But, we will be towing unauthorized vehicles from the Visitor Lots in the very near future. Please apply for a permit; it is much cheaper than a $300 towing fee.