Spring has sprung and some changes are occurring in the cluster that are leading to some parking issues. Several homeowners have added additional vehicles. We have a unit that was empty for over a year recently rent to new tenants. Barbecue season is upon us and homeowners are having more visitors. And May will be upon us soon and we will have college students returning home for the summer. All of this has created a shortage of parking spaces throughout the cluster. So please remember some basic parking etiquette so that we all have the parking spaces we expect as residents of the cluster.
The cluster has enough parking spaces for every unit to have 2 spots with a few left over for visitors. So every unit gets 2 spaces near their house; one immediately in front (or close to it) and the other on the opposite side of the parking lot, or nearby location as the design of the parking lot permits. If you have a third vehicle, you must park it in spaces that are not typically occupied by the first 2 vehicles. If there is not enough space to park a third vehicle in some areas of the parking lot, you must park it on Barton Hill Road. Everyone knows their neighbors’ vehicles, and should be aware of who typically parks where. I encourage everyone in areas with limited parking to talk to your neighbors and work out a plan of who parks in which spaces. If you have guests visiting (especially on weekday evenings when residents are typically coming home from work), please ask them to park on Barton Hill Road so as not to take up other residents’ spaces. If parking gets too limited, to be fair to everyone we will have to require all third vehicles to park on Barton Hill Road.
Also remember, that every vehicle that belongs to someone who is a resident of the cluster for more than 30 days must have a valid Virginia license plate, registration, and inspection sticker in order to park in the cluster lot. This is a Fairfax County law and the cluster will tow vehicles who do not comply with this law. In addition, commercial vehicles are not permitted to park in the lot overnight. They are only permitted to park in the lot when there on business, such as HVAC repair or plumbing repair at a residence.
And as a reminder, we do not have speed bumps in the parking lot because we trust that everyone will exercise caution and drive slowly through the cluster. Children play in the parking lot and many parking spaces are on curves where it is difficult to see approaching vehicles. So please keep your neighbors safety in mind when entering the parking lot and DRIVE SLOW, even near the entrance.