The parking rules in any community tend to be a hot topic and Reserve at Sawgrass is no different. This email is designed to explain and remind everyone of the parking rules. We unfortunately have had reports of threats between residents and un-neighborly-like behavior that is unacceptable. The roadways are shared and public, and no home “owns” or “controls” the street in front of their home. These parking rules are part of Florida Statute and Orange County Municipal Code, and are enforced by law enforcement, including Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
First, some definitions are in order to ensure that everyone understands exactly what is meant by the below terms:
- County right-of-way: In Reserve at Sawgrass, this includes all areas between the sidewalk and street — both the lower driveway portion (called the “apron”) and grassy areas between the sidewalk and street.
- Apron: Specifically refers to the lower part of the driveway between the lower boundary of the sidewalk and the street. This is also part of the right-of-way, but the term “apron” is more specific, referring specifically to the lower cement portion of driveway.
- Upper Driveway: The brick paver portion of the driveway between the upper boundary of the sidewalk and the house.
- Resident: Someone who lives in and either owns or rents their home in Reserve at Sawgrass.
- Guest: Someone who maintains a residence outside Reserve at Sawgrass and does not own or rent a home within Reserve at Sawgrass.
No Parking on the Apron & Sidewalk
Residents may not park on the apron or grassy areas between sidewalk and street, regardless if it is your home or not.
Why? The sidewalks are for everyone’s enjoyment and must remain free of obstruction. Some of our residents are elderly and may use canes, walkers, or other assists. Or new parents may be pushing a baby carriage. If a common sidewalk is obstructed by a vehicle and a pedestrian injures themselves trying to negotiate the obstruction, the resident may be liable for their injuries whether such obstructing vehicle belongs to the resident or their guest. Vehicles also may not extend beyond the apron onto the street for obvious reasons.
No Parking on the Grass (Any Grassy Area)
No resident or guest vehicle may be parked upon any grassy area at any time for any reason.
Tickets & Towing
Improperly parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and possible towing at any time. Orange County Sheriff Deputies may ticket or tow improperly parked vehicles at vehicle owner’s expense. Please ensure that your guests and visitors properly park their vehicles!
I’m having a party! Where can my guests park? Residents that are having a party where a number of guests are invited may wish to make arrangements with nearby neighbors to use their driveways. It’s a great way to get temporary overflow parking when a resident is having a big party so their guests can park according to association and County rules. At some later date, the resident that needed the extra parking can return the favor. Give each “overflow” guest instructions on what street address to park on. Make sure they understand the parking rules!
But my driveway is not large enough for all our cars! Families needing additional parking are encouraged to use the garage for its intended purpose. For a two-car garage, that provides at least four parking spaces for resident use. Using the garage for storage diminishes available parking. In that case, homeowners may consider installing a garage storage system or renting a nearby storage unit for storage of such items. CLICK HERE to read a Consumer Reports article on maximizing your garage space. Households with excessive number of vehicles should also be respectful of how often they park on the street.
Commercial Vehicles & Disabled/Expired Tags Prohibited
No truck or commercial vehicle, limousine, mobile home, motor home, house trailer, utility trailer, camper, boat, boat trailer or other recreational vehicle or equipment, horse trailer, bus, passenger vehicle without current registration, van (other than a passenger van), or the like shall be permitted to be parked or stored on any portion of the Property unless they are parked within a garage, or are located on a Lot so they cannot be seen from any Street and are shielded from view from any adjoining Lot.
“Truck” means a vehicle with any sort of weight capacity, which has a compartment or bed for carrying cargo, as opposed to passengers. Regardless if such vehicle has a cover or “topper” for the cargo carrying area, it shall be deemed to be a Truck; however, “pick-up trucks”or “sport utility vehicles” with a cargo capacity of one ton or less that are not Commercial Vehicles (as hereinafter defined)are permitted to park on the driveway of a Residence.
“Commercial Vehicle” means any vehicle, which from viewing the exterior of the vehicle or any portion thereof, shows any commercial
markings, signs, logos, displays, tool racks, saddle racks, or other elements of a commercial nature or otherwise indicates a commercial
This prohibition of parking shall not apply to temporary parking of Trucks and Commercial Vehicles used for pickup, delivery, and repair and maintenance of a Lot, not to any vehicles of Developer, nor to any police vehicle used by an occupant of a Lot.
It’s important that we all be respectful to each other, but also understand the rules and laws that apply to parking situation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many residents are surprised to learn this: The county right-of-way area (apron and grass) and the sidewalk do not belong to the homeowner. Homeowners’ private property includes only the upper driveway brick paver portion and it ends at the upper sidewalk boundary. Refer to either the Reserve at Sawgrass plat or your property survey to confirm this. You will note the sidewalk and the entire right-of-way (including the apron) are not included in the privately-owned portion of the home site. The sidewalk, grassy area between sidewalk and street, and street itself are owned by Orange County. Homeowners are still required to maintain the grassy area though per Orange County Ordinances.