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Parking & Safety Concerns

The board has received several complaints about people parking on the streets. Complaints have come in for Aaron Drive, Brian Circle, Canoe Ridge Point, Copper Ridge Trail, Oak Chase Drive, Oak Chase Drive, Pinot Chase, Streamdale Point, and West Oak Highland Drive.

The concerns are valid. Parking on the street causes decreased visibility and in some cases, when cars are parked on both sides of the street makes it impossible for emergency vehicles to get through.

What can you do to help? Please park your cars in the garage and on the driveway.

If your garage is full of stuff, clean it out at one of the Community Garage Sales. There will also be a Goodwill Truck parked on site near the tennis courts to accept donations of items that did not sell on the same day as the Garage Sale.

If residents are not willing to self-regulate their parking habits, it may become necessary to request that Metro place "No Parking" signs to restrict parking to only one side of the street as has already been done on Ridgefalls Way and Oak Chase Drive.

Cars that park in the "No Parking" zones run the risk of being ticketed for a parking violation. If you see a car parked in a "No Parking" zone, please call the Police, non-emergency number: 862-8600


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Members Opinions:
October 02, 2010 at 4:42pm
If the vehicle is not stolen it does not do any good to call MNPD.
(Been there - done that!!!!!)
March 15, 2011 at 9:34pm
There have been a number of parking tickets issued. While this may be a low priority item, the Police have come out and issued several parking tickets.
July 12, 2011 at 5:56pm
How about making a rule that homeowners have to use their garage first to park their first two cars. This will reduce the number of cars required to park on the street or driveway. Single family home in general should not have more than four cars. Therefore, no one need to park on the street other than the visiting guests. This need to be strictly enforced. I have seen many owners using their garage for keeping junk or using for other reasons. This not only causes problem for other drivers but also reduces the value of our property.

The street parking and driveway parking make our sub division looks like apartment complex, this need to stop. The association needs to find a way or come up with policies to stop using garage for other than parking cars.
July 12, 2011 at 8:57pm
The HOA actively encourages residents to park cars inside the garage and on the driveway through articles like this one and in our newsletters. The newsletter going out this week has yet another reminder to park inside the garage.

However, as the streets are owned and maintained by Metro, the HOA does not have the authority to restrict parking. Any parking restrictions have to come from Metro. Metro has already advised the HOA they would only restrict parking on the south side of Ridgefalls Way and Oak Chase Drive, as these 2 streets are slightly narrower than the other streets in the subdivision.

We agree with you that it would be best if people would park in their garages and on their driveways.
April 23, 2012 at 11:40am
My neighbors seem to think it is okay to park in front of my house,can I have them towed if they are constantly blocking my mailbox
April 23, 2012 at 7:21pm
If someone is blocking your mailbox you can call the Police Non-Emergency number at: (615) 862-8600 and give them the make, model and plate number. They will send an officer out to ticket the vehicle.


October 31, 2013 at 10:51am
It states in this article that No Parking signs are posted on Streamdale Point East and West yet I have never seen these signs. Are they signs that are in the processes of being installed or is this misinformation. Streamdale has gotten very bad with parking on the street but I am aware that several neighbors have begun to park in front of their own homes because we have one homeowner that lets all of their temporary and current "renters" park in front of others homes and blocking mailboxes while never utilizing their own driveway or even garage. Unfortunately citations have never been written by Metro for these cars(even when they park their cars in the wrong direction and they stay there for several days and even weeks without moving). I hate that some owners have just become disrespectful to their neighbors by not showing common courtesy. Can you please let us know of the status of the "No Parking" signs on Streamdale.
October 31, 2013 at 10:34pm
Hi Wheat, Thanks for pointing the error out. Originally, the HOA had tried to get the parking restricted on Streamdale East and West, along with Oak Chase and Ridgefalls Way. However, there were not enough signatures on Streamdale to get the Metro Parking Commission to approve those signs. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that Streamdale was still listed in this article.

There have been numerous parking citations issued. If there are problems with cars parking the wrong direction, in front of hydrants, mailboxes or driveways, please contact the Metro Non-Emergency number at: (615) 862-8600. They will come out and issue tickets as time permits. Also, please feel free to contact Don Johnson, our Neighborhood Watch Director by phone at 781-6334 or email at donjohn@bellsouth.net.
February 28, 2014 at 4:18pm
I feel the need to reiterate the safety concerns as a result of people parking on the street - frequently along both sides of the street. Particularly concerning on Deer Valley Trail and Bluffhollow Gap interesetion. This doesn't seem to be an occassional occurence, but rather normal behavior. Very concerning.
February 28, 2014 at 7:19pm
Thank you for taking the time to post the parking concerns SalHal. We will put another reminder in our Spring 2014 newsletter of the safety concerns that parking on the streets causes.
January 19, 2015 at 12:23pm
We have apparently new neighbors in the rental house at the end of Brian Circle.There is a white van parked on the street that never moves.What can be done about this.At this particular house there are now 6 cars.This is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!We need help..
January 19, 2015 at 5:26pm
We're sorry to hear you are having a problem with the parking situation. If you will provide us with the address of the home in question we will be happy to send them a courtesy letter. However, please understand that the by-laws do not restrict the number of vehicles a single home may have and the Homeowners' Association does not have authority over parking. Parking laws are under the jurisdiction of the Metro Police as they are public streets. If the vehicle is illegally parked you may contact the Metro Police non-emergency number at (615) 862-8600.
October 17, 2015 at 12:39pm
Having lived here for 20 years, this is an ongoing problem especially on Brian Circle. I regularly leave notes on cars (blocking my mailbox)and the police will ticket. If homeowners would treat others the way thy would like to be treated, that would solve most of the problems.
January 23, 2016 at 8:39pm
As much as we talk about it, the situation of folks having so may cars in single family homes, is really getting out of hand, I've seen some to have up to 5 cars between the drive way and the street, for years I have seen the same homes have parked covered car in the drive way that never seem to move , or folks parking in the street with one car on one side and another on the same spot on the other side of the street making it impossible for an emergency crew to get by, whats is it going to take, someones home to burn down and someone die cause that ambulance could not reach them. Its the same same thing we always say, year after year and nothing is ever done, we get told that the HOA can not do much since it falls on Metro to take action, the point to all this, if our streets are the responsibility of Metro, then why are the streets not plowed by them, after storms like the one on Friday, its been 3 days and I cant get out of the sub-division. Hummm.
January 25, 2016 at 2:14pm
We sent a request to Metro to plow the streets. However, it is a good idea if homeowners also submit requests.
Here's the link to Metro: https://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Forms/Request-Customer-Service.aspx
Select snow removal from the "Type of Request" drop down list.

Here's the link to Metro's Snow Policies:
http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Getting-Around-Nashville/Snow/Snow-Policies.aspx


Metro Snow Policy states:
"After completion of all priority routes, the department may conduct operations on roadways not on the priority list if deemed appropriate by the Director or his Designee. These operations will be on a "complaint" basis. All requests will be handled in the order in which they are received and may be terminated without notice when deemed appropriate by the Director or his Designee.

Priority routes and/or complaint operations may be terminated, temporarily interrupted, or postponed due to unpredictable or peculiar weather conditions, emergency situations, safety, and/or shortages of materials, equipments, or funds.

Snowfall accumulations of up to two inches are usually handled (depending on weather conditions) by salting, or combinations of salt and calcium chloride.

Snowplowing operations generally do not begin unless snowfall accumulations measure more than two inches, and/or weather forecasts call for additional accumulations.

During snowplowing operations any vehicles abandoned within the public right-of-way in such a manner to obstruct operations and/or create a hazard will be removed at the expense of the owner."




As for the cars parking on the street, nothing has been done, nor can be done by the HOA. The bylaws do not give the HOA the authority to restrict the number of cars a homeowner may have and do not prohibit parking on the street. However, we will put another reminder in the newsletter strongly recommending that everyone park in their garages and on their driveways instead of the street for safety reasons.

Now, if cars are illegally parked, for example, in the "No Parking" zone, that IS something can be enforced. If you see cars illegally parked, please call the police non-emergency number at 615-862-8600 and ask them to come out and ticket vehicles that are illegally parked.

Members of the Neighborhood Watch Patrol call when they see cars illegally parked. But, it would help if neighbors also call. (Some of the cars have received several tickets. Hopefully if they get enough tickets they will get the message to actually stop parking illegally.)
April 29, 2016 at 9:08am
In the past 3 months, my wife and I have had 3 near head on collisions on Oak Chase drive between Ridgefalls way and Bluehole rd, due to home owners and work vehicles being parks on the wrong side of the road. They park on curves and you can't see if another vehicle is coming and luckily we have been able to avoid an accident. I don't see the point of having no parking signs posted and its not being regulated. I think we should have constant policing of our neighborhoods and ticketing of these vehicles. Residents shouldn't have to be the ones always calling the police to come and ticket an illegally parked vehicle. If residents start seeing police ticketing cars on a more regular basis then that would help with changing the behavior.
April 30, 2016 at 1:36pm
Hi sarverc72,

The police do continue to come through the neighborhood on a regular basis and have issued a large number of tickets. I know for a fact there are a few vehicles that have been ticketed several times.

Our Neighborhood Watch Patrols and management routinely call in illegally parked vehicles.

However, it really does help if homeowners that live on those streets and homeowners that drive on those streets also call in to report illegally parked vehicles.

By working together, we send the message that it is not acceptable to park in the "No Parking" zones.

Thanks!
August 05, 2016 at 3:44pm
Need to include Skyglen trace in the streets where cars are parking everywhere. One house has numerous cars they are even parking in the circle in front of the fire hydrant. Something needs to be done!!
August 05, 2016 at 8:48pm
If you see cars illegally parked, please call the police non-emergency number at 615-862-8600 and ask them to come out and ticket vehicles that are illegally parked.

Our Neighborhood Watch Patrols and management routinely call in illegally parked vehicles.

However, it really does help if homeowners that live on those streets and homeowners that drive on those streets also call in to report illegally parked vehicles.

By working together, we send the message that it is not acceptable to park in front of fire hydrants.

Thanks!


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