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Old 08-14-2012, 08:51 AM
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I need some assistance with a parking issue. We live on a cul de sac and recently we have had a family move in that have decided the cul de sac is an extension of their personal property. They pick up scrap in the night and park on the road shortbof the driveway. Also, it has turned into a weekend garage having up to 3 cars being worked on, sometimes left on jacks overnight for a few nights. If you imagine a pie, with the pieces being driveways, this sometimes makes it difficult for families on either side to exit our homes in a safe manner. Concerns are the small children riding bikes in the safety of their own neighbprhood and the inconvenience of one family parking in the middle of a city street. Does this mean we couldstop any where to park or repair our vehicles? Any help........calling 311 has been a joke.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:04 PM
Location: Grove City/Columbus
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Humm that's tuffy! I'd call the non-emergency police line. 645-4545. I'm in Grove City and I use that #. Pretty sad I have that in my cell phone. but I've used it on parking issues on my street, questionable people hanging around in places they shouldn't, etc. personally I'd be pissed, the cul-de-sac is techincally the road, not their own personal driveway!
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:49 PM
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I'm not sure which governmental and law enforcement agency serves your particular street, but in general, if you live on a public street (not in an apartment complex, for example), a cul de sac is a part of the public street and falls under the same laws. Cities typically have laws that prohibit working on vehicles on a public street except in emergencies, or the parking or storage of partially disassembled or obviously inoperative vehicles on public streets. It most places, it is also illegal to place any material or object in a public street (junk or scrap, for example), that creates an obstacle or hazard, or prevents other traffic from using the street.

Also, parking laws in a public cul de sac are the same as anywhere on a public street, meaning parallel to and within 12" of the curb, not blocking a driveway or a fire hydrant, etc. Those laws exist to prohibit the exact kind of inconsiderate, property value decreasing type of activity you're describing.

I know that some of what people call "Galloway" is actually in west Columbus, some may be in the corporate limits of Grove City, and some is in unincorporated Franklin County, so the first thing for you to know for sure which agency has jurisdiction on your street (645-4545 is for Columbus Police only, and won't do you any good if you don't live within the corporate limits of Columbus). Then, call the appropriate agency's non-emergency line and let them know what's going on, anonymously if you so desire. Hopefully you will get a satisfactory response.

If you live in an apartment complex, however, those streets and cul de sacs within an apartment complex are typically not public streets. In other words, they were built and are maintained by a private entity such as the owner(s) of the complex rather than by a government entity using tax money. Therefore they are private property and many parking and similar laws that apply to public streets won't apply there, but some other laws, such as certain prohibitions against junk vehicles, still do. If that's your case, start by complaining to the complex management, and if that doesn't work, move up to the applicable government agency.

Last edited by 98PanAm; 08-14-2012 at 04:02 PM..
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