XIV. Parking

  1. BASIC REGULATIONS
    1. Parking is allowed only in designated parking spaces.
    2. Only operative and currently licensed motor vehicles are allowed in parking spaces and driveways to unit garages.
    3. A household may store one canoe, kayak, or other type of hand-carried watercraft within the yard of said household’s unit. No vehicles, including trailers, campers, and boats may be parked in yards or, other than the boat and trailer lot, any area owned by the GHI cooperative.
    4. All GHI court parking areas are considered to be either “General Court Parking", “Assigned Court Parking" or “Overflow Parking”. Parking spaces in a court designated as general parking may be used only by the residents of that court or courts. . Parking spaces in a court designated assigned parking may be used only by residents of that court (or courts) and their invited guests.
    5. Vehicles that are less than 1 ton capacity, less than 20’ in length and less than 7’ in width are permitted in the court parking areas. Slightly longer or wider vehicles may be permitted by Management on a case-by-case basis where the household can utilize an existing space that will accommodate the parked vehicle without interfering with any other space or with the flow of traffic.
    6. Recreational vehicles over the weight and size limitations listed above may be parked in spaces in the cooperative’s boat and trailer lot. There is a small monthly rental fee for spaces in the boat and trailer lot.
    7. Each vehicle may occupy only one defined parking space.
    8. Any GHI parking space may be used temporarily by GHI service vehicles.
    9. Not all members are guaranteed assigned parking spaces.
  2. DEFINITIONS
    1. Assigned Court Parking: Designation for a court parking area in which spaces are assigned to a unit with residents of that unit having exclusive use of the assigned space. Any additional spaces (not assigned to a unit) are designated as “visitor” spaces.
    2. General Court Parking: Designation for a parking area in which parking is available, on a first-come, first-served basis, only to residents of the court(s) assigned to that court parking area.
    3. Household: All of the persons both residing in the unit and listed on either the Mutual Ownership Contract (MOC), lease, or on the occupancy list that has been provided by the member or tenant to the GHI administrative office.
    4. Member: The signer(s) of the Mutual Ownership Contract with GHI. Regardless of how many individuals this may be, they are, collectively, one member.
    5. Tenant: A tenant is a person or persons to whom a member has, with the permission of GHI, sublet occupancy rights to the unit.
    6. Overflow Parking: Parking spaces available in some areas and unlabeled (neither “reserved” nor “visitor”). These spaces may be used by any co-op resident or visitor.
    7. Rental Garage: A garage, owned by the GHI cooperative, which may be rented by a GHI member.
    8. Unit Garage: A garage to which the rights convey with the membership of a particular unit. These garages are usually attached to the row of houses containing the unit. A unit garage and its driveway constitute the assigned parking space for the unit.
    9. Vehicle: A licensed, operable motor vehicle.
    10. Visitor Parking Space: Any space marked as “Visitor” in a GHI parking area.
  3. POLICY
    Parking for GHI residents is provided in one or more of the following places: 1) in designated GHI court parking areas, 2) in rental garages, 3) in unit garages & the driveway of unit garages, and/or 4) in city-defined spaces on the street.
    1. General Court Parking: The court parking area at 13 Ridge Road provides general parking for the residents of the 13 and 15 courts of Ridge Road and the 2 and 4 courts of Southway. The court parking area at 52-54 Ridge Road provides general parking for the residents of those two courts. Other court parking areas may be designated“General Court Parking” by the unanimous request of the members of the court(s).
      1. Spaces in these court parking areas are to be used on a first-come first-served basis and only by GHI residents of courts designated to park in these areas, with the following exception.
        • Exception: A physically handicapped resident, as determined by a certificate from a physician, may be granted a reserved space for only his or her use, or for the use of persons transporting that resident.
      2. No member, including others in member’s household, may have more than one vehicle parked in a general court parking area at any one time.
      3. In general court parking areas, no vehicle may occupy a parking space for more than five consecutive days. (Exceptions for short time periods may be granted by Management for legitimate reasons, such as illness.)
    2. Assigned Court Parking:
      1. Except for those courts designated “General Court Parking” or overflow parking areas, all court parking shall be designated “Assigned Court Parking”.
      2. In court parking areas containing sufficient parking spaces for each unit to have an assigned parking space, a space is assigned to each unit.
      3. In court parking areas containing more than sufficient parking spaces for each unit to have an assigned parking space, the extra spaces will be designated as “Visitor” spaces. These spaces may be used by residents of the court(s) assigned to that court parking area or by the invited guests of those residents. In no instance may more than two vehicles belonging to a household be parked in a court parking area.
        1. Visitor spaces are not for the exclusive use of any person. They are intended to be shared by the residents and the residents’ invited guests. Therefore, visitor spaces should be utilized for brief periods of time, not to exceed 48 hours within 7 days.
        2. Households are to park in the space assigned to their unit before parking another vehicle in a visitor's space.
        3. A visitor space may not be used for the purpose of working on a car.
        4. Visitor spaces may be re-designated by the cooperative as assigned spaces for very good reason, regardless of other provisions in these regulations.
        5. Visitor spaces in some court parking areas may be used by residents of nearby courts or their guests, as specified in the following table:
          Court Parking Area(s) Courts that may use visitor spaces
          22 Hillside 19, 20 & 22 Hillside; 1 Research
          2 Research 2 Research; 20 Hillside
          1 Plateau 1 Plateau; 56 Ridge
          4, 6 & 8 Plateau 4, 6 & 8 Plateau
      4. In court parking areas that do not contain sufficient spaces for each unit to be assigned a space, spaces are assigned based on the date a member or tenant requests to be placed on a waiting list for an assigned space. Any member on the waiting list shall have priority over any tenant on the waiting list.
    3. Overflow Parking: Overflow parking consists of unlabeled (i.e. neither “reserved” nor “visitor”) spaces available in the following three areas of the cooperative: 1) near the entrance in the 10 Southway parking area, 2) 1 Plateau lot, and 3) the graveled area at the entrance to the 44 Ridge Road parking area. Subject to parking rules, these spaces are available to all residents of the cooperative and their guests.
    4. Street Parking: Parking is also available in city-owned spaces along most streets. Parking in these spaces is subject to City regulations.
    5. Tenants: A member’s parking rights shall be extended to the member’s tenant, except in the case of priority for an assigned parking space and priority for garage rental.
    6. Rental Garage Policy (In the following section, the term “garage” means “rental garage” as defined above).
      1. Garages are leased by GHI only to resident members and tenants. Members may not sublet a garage.
      2. Members will pay a $25 key deposit when renting a garage. This deposit will be returned upon termination of the lease and return of the key.
      3. Members wishing to terminate a garage lease must give 30-days written notice.
      4. A unit garage, as defined above, is considered a first garage under this policy.
      5. A garageused for parking a vehicle constitutes an assigned parking space for the household of the person renting the garage; no member may both have such a garage and an assigned parking space in that Assigned Court, nor may a household both have such a garage and use a parking space in a General Court.
      6. Members who receive permission from GHI to sublet the occupancy rights to their units must relinquish their garage(s). The garage(s) will then be leased in accordance with the priorities below.
      7. Garages for Storage: Garages are intended for vehicles as defined above. Depending on availability, and in accordance with the rental priorities below, garages may be used for storage provided that:
        • Written permission is obtained from Management.
        • The monthly garage storage fee is paid.
        Members may be required to relinquish garage(s) used for storage if a member or tenant with a higher priority, as described below, wishes to rent a garage.
      8. Garage Priorities: Garages will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with the following priorities: first by Category; then by member or tenant Situation; and finally by Date of rental lease (or, if necessary, Mutual Ownership Contract). A waiting list for garages is maintained; members on this list will be assigned garages in accordance with: first, the following priorities; and then by order of the date the garage request was received in writing.
        1. Priority for Garage Rentals by Category: Garages are leased in order of the following priorities by Category:
          1. A first garage, for parking a vehicle, rented by a member of the court in which the garage is located.
          2. A first garage, for parking a vehicle, rented by a tenant of the court in which the garage is located.
          3. A first garage, for parking a vehicle, rented by a member outside of the court in which the garage is located.
          4. A first garage, for parking a vehicle, rented by a tenant outside of the court in which the garage is located.
          5. Additional garage(s) for a vehicle(s), with the member with fewer existing garage rentals receiving priority.
          6. A first garage for storage.
          7. Additional garage(s) for storage, with the member with fewer existing garage rentals receiving priority.
        2. Priority for Garage Rental by Member or Tenant Situation: When two or more members or tenants in the same Category above wish to rent a garage, the decision among them will be made in order of the following Situations of a member or tenant:
          1. A member in a court with garages who wishes to transfer from an existing garage to a garage in that court that has become available.
          2. A member in a court with garages who does not have a garage in that court.
          3. A tenant in a court with garages who does not have a garage in that court.
          4. A member who resides within 500 feet of a court with an available garage who wishes to transfer from an existing garage to a garage that has become available within 500 feet of that member’s court.
          5. A member who resides within 500 feet of a court with an available garage who does not have a garage in that court.
          6. Any other member who wishes to transfer from an existing garage to a garage that has become available elsewhere.
          7. Any other member who does not have a garage.
        3. Priority for Garage Rental by Date: When two or more members or tenants in both the same Category and the same Situation above wish to rent a garage, priority among them will be granted by seniority of the Date of the garage rental lease, or if there is no existing lease, by seniority of the Date of the Mutual Ownership Contract.
      9. Termination of Garage Leases: GHI will terminate a garage lease under the following circumstances
        1. Termination of Lease with Notice: In these cases, 30 days written notice will be provided by Management.
          1. A garage lease will terminate on the day of settlement for a membership transfer, or the day a sublease expires.
          2. When a member or tenant transfers from one garage to another, whether a first or additional garage,the lease on the former garage will terminate on the day the lease on the new garage is signed.
          3. A member or tenant in any Category defined above takes precedence over a member or tenant in any lower Category. When a garage rental request is received from a member or tenant in a higher Category, an existing garage lease will be terminated in reverse order of the priorities described above, and that garage will be rented to the member or tenant making the request under the higher Category. If the garage had been used, with permission, for storage and if the member had paid the storage fee, that member will receive one month’s free garage rental to compensate for possible inconvenience.
        2. Immediate Termination of Lease: If a garage cannot accommodate a vehicle and is being used for storage without permission of Management or without paying the storage fee, the lease for that garage will be terminated immediately, and the renter will forfeit the privilege to rent a garage for any purpose for one year.
      10. Garage Priority Court Groupings: For the Categories and Situations described, the following groups of courts are considered to be the same court:
        • 17 Ridge, 19 Ridge, and 1 Southway
        • 2 Southway, 4 Southway, 13 Ridge, and 15 Ridge
        • 25 Ridge, 26 Ridge, 27 Ridge, 29 Ridge, and 2 Gardenway
    7. Portable Storage Containers: A member may be allowed to use a portable storage container under the following policies.
      1. Assigned Parking Space: A member may place a portable storage container in that member’s assigned parking space, provided that permission in writing has been obtained in advance from Management. Details of the arrangement, including the length of time the container may remain, will be at the discretion of Management. Containers may not be placed in visitor parking spaces.
      2. City of Greenbelt Street: A member may be permitted to place a portable storage container on a City of Greenbelt street; consult the City’s office of Planning and Community Development for details.
  4. ENFORCEMENT
    1. Court members are encouraged to monitor and resolve problems among themselves, thereby minimizing GHI staff involvement and resultant expense. In the case of unresolvable conflicts, members should contact Member Services for assistance.
    2. In courts that so request, or as designated by Management, each GHI member will be assigned one parking sticker or hanger, plus one visitor card.
    3. GHI will not enforce reserved spaces unless the member to whom the space is assigned complains. Abuse of parking privileges by a member or tenant should be brought to the attention of Member Services, which has the authority to have offending vehicles towed at the owners’ risk and expense.