Holley bans parking of motor vehicles, campers in front yards

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 12 August 2015 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – In an effort to protect neighborhood property values, prevent damage to the village’s underground infrastructure, and stop the degradation of the aesthetic appearance of residential areas, the Holley Village Board on Tuesday passed a new parking law prohibiting the parking of motor vehicles, water craft, and non-motorized campers or trailers on front yard lawns.

Trustees unanimously adopted Local Law 3 of 2015 during their regular meeting, following a public hearing at which no residents spoke.

Under the “Prohibited Yard Parking Program,” vehicles must be on an approved driveway or parking pad if they are parked in a front yard (defined in the law as between a line drawn parallel to the street from the point of the front line of the structure that is closest to the street and the improved road surface).

Improved parking pads or driveways must be a minimum of 10 feet wide, maintained in safe and sanitary condition, and shall not contribute to soil erosion or tree damage, according to the law.

The law further states that parking spaces and driveways must be built with a hard, all-weather surface, such as asphalt, concrete or brick; grass and dirt areas will not be acceptable for parking spaces and driveways.

Violators are subject to a $250 fine for each violation.

Trustee Stanley “Skip” Carpenter asked village attorney John Sansone if the law affects those in the village with existing gravel/dirt driveways. Sansone responded that the law covers only, “things that are new,” and in the defined “front yard” area of a property.

Village code enforcement will enforce the law, officials said.