To preserve and protect our neighborhoods and environment, regulations for parking in residential neighborhoods have been enacted as follows:

 

Ordinance 14-52 has been called the Parking On The Grass Ordinance.  However, it not only addresses the acceptable locations for parking, but also the number of vehicles allowed to be parked in the open, the screening of vehicles that go beyond the allowed number, the percentage of the front or exterior side yards that can be improved for parking and exceptions for parking during certain events such as weddings, birthdays, reunions and other family or social gatherings.
  •  See Ordinance 14-52 below.

 

Ordinance 14-54 addresses the parking of commericial vehicles and heavy equipment on residential streets and properties. It also list the criteria to be considered in identifying a vehicle as commercial.
  •   See Ordinance 14-54 below.

 

Ordinance 14-55 addresses the parking of recreational and utility vehicles on residential streets and properties including travel trailers, folding tent trailers, motor homes, truck campers removed from a truck or pickup, horse trailers, boat trailers with or without boats, and utility trailers.  Exemptions for visitors who are traveling in there recreational vehicles are included.
  •   See Ordinance 14-55 below.

  

PARKING, SCREENING VEHICLES ON RESIDENTIALLY ZONED PROPERTY

Sec. 14-52. Parking, screening vehicles on residentially zoned property.
(a) The following definitions shall apply to this section:
(1) Vehicles shall mean any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway or street, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
(2) Front yard shall mean the open space extending across the full width of the lot, the depth of which shall be the least distance between the front lot line and the exterior face of any building or structure. The front yard shall not include any portion of the city right-of-way.
(3) Side yard shall mean the area of open space between any building or structure and the side lot line, extending from the front yard to the rear yard, the width of which shall be the least distance between the side lot line and the nearest point of the exterior face of any building or structure.
(4) Exterior side yard shall mean the area of open space between the side wall of the building and side property line abutting a street right-of-way on corner lots.
(5) Rear yard shall mean the area of open space extending across the full width of the lot, the depth of which shall be the least distance between the rear lot line and the nearest point of the exterior face of any building or structure.
(6) Unimproved surface shall mean grass, dirt surfaces, and sidewalks which are not a part of a garage, carport or driveway leading directly from the public right-of-way to a building or structure on the subject property.
(b) It shall be unlawful for the occupants of any one- and two-family dwelling structures to keep more than six (6) vehicles in the front and exterior side yard. Each such vehicle exceeding a total of six (6) shall be:
(1) Screened from public view by a permanent opaque screen fence a minimum of six (6) feet in height and constructed of wood or masonry materials;
(2) Capable of being driven if a vehicle or capable of being pulled if a trailer;
(3) Parked on an area constructed of asphalt, concrete or gravel surface; and
(4) Parked in a rear yard.
(c) It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to cause the vehicle to be parked or stored on an unimproved surface on the front yard or exterior side yard of any one- or two-family dwelling structure or on any portion of an adjacent or contiguous undeveloped property. The improved surface shall consist of concrete, asphalt, or brick pavers. The improved area for parking vehicles in a front yard shall be limited to forty (40) percent of the gross front or exterior side yard land area. The following exemptions shall apply:
(1) Each one or two-family dwelling structure shall be permitted one exempt parking space located on the property. The size of the exempt parking space shall not exceed nine (9) feet by nineteen (19) feet and shall be contiguous to the property's driveway. If the exempt parking is not maintained with adequate grasses, plants, or landscaping materials to prevent the area from becoming rutted or muddy and thereafter is identified as being in violation of this provision, the property owner shall be required to pave the designated parking area in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) An existing gravel, loose aggregate, rock, or SB2 driveway shall be permitted to remain unless it deteriorates so that more than fifty (50) percent of the surface is composed of dirt, grass and weeds. An existing driveway of the gravel, loose aggregate, rock or SB2 may be expanded with similar material but not to exceed the forty (40) percent of the gross front or exterior side yard land area.
(3) A vehicle may be parked for twenty-four (24) hours on an unimproved surface in conjunction with a family or social gathering. This exemption shall be used no more than once within a seven (7) day period.
(4) A vehicle may be parked up to seven (7) days on an unimproved surface by visitors in connection with a vacation or other family occasion, i.e., a wedding or funeral.
(d) It shall be unlawful for the owner of any residential property to construct, reconstruct, or alter any hard surface parking area without having obtained a permit. The permit fee shall be thirty (30) dollars.
(e) Variances. In instances where strict enforcement of the requirements of subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section would cause undue hardship due to circumstances unique to the individual property under consideration, and the granting of such variance is demonstrated to be within the spirit and intent of the provisions of this ordinance, the property owners appeal board may grant requests for variances of the requirements of the subjections according to the following guidelines:
(1) Upon the showing required by (2) below, the property owners appeal board may modify such requirements to the extent deemed just and proper so as to relief such hardship, provided that such relieve may be granted without detriment to the public interest.
(2) When the applicant can show the property was acquired in good faith and where by reason of the exceptional narrowness, shallowness, size or shape of a specific piece of property, or where by reason of exceptional topographic conditions or other extraordinary situation or condition of the piece of property, the strict application of such provisions would prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of the property, and the property owners appeal board is satisfied that the granting of a variance would alleviate a clear hardship, as distinguished from a special privilege or convenience sought by the applicant, such variance may be granted; provided that all variances shall be in harmony with the intended purpose of this chapter.
(3) Any property owner aggrieved by the decision of the property owners appeal board in granting or denying a variance may appeal the decision to a court of jurisdiction within thirty (30) days of the property owners appeals board's decision.
(f) Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 1-9 of the Fort Smith Code of Ordinances.
(Ord. No. 28-93, §§ 1, 2, 6-15-93; Ord. No. 34-08, §§ 1, 2, 7-15-08; Ord. No. 47-09, §§ 1--3, 6-23-09)

 

PARKING OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND PROPERTIES

Sec. 14-54. Parking of commercial vehicles on residential streets and properties.
(a) Restricted parking. It shall be unlawful to park or leave parked, standing, or unattended any commercial vehicle on any street or right-of-way classified as residential or as a residential collector by the city master street plan or on any property zoned residential or developed or utilized for residential purposes. 
(b) Commercial vehicles defined. For the purposes of this section, a commercial vehicle is defined as any of the following: 
(1) Any solid waste collection vehicle, truck tractor, truck trailer, or tractor truck/trailer combination, any heavy construction equipment, dump truck, concrete mixer truck, garbage truck, pump-out truck, chemical/gasoline truck, fuel or oil truck, or similar vehicle designed to transport waste, hazardous, or noxious materials;
(2) Any vehicle with three or more axles;
(3) Any commercial vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than sixteen thousand (16,000) pounds; or,
(4) Any vehicle designed to transport sixteen (16) or more passengers including the driver.
(5) Any box or straight truck that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than ten thousand (10,000) pounds. A box or straight truck is one that has a high cubic feet of storage volume with a box or storage container built onto the chassis typically used for hauling appliances, furniture or other cargo. Familiar terms used to describe box or straight trucks include cargo trucks, container trucks and moving trucks.
(c) (1) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any commercial vehicle while making normal deliveries, moving household goods or being used to perform the special operations for which it is designed.
(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any commercial vehicle at a legal non-conforming use as defined by section 27-39 of the Fort Smith Municipal Code.
(3) The provision of this section shall not apply to any vehicle designed to transport sixteen (16) or more passengers, including the driver, when associated with a church or school and when located on the church or school property.
(Ord. No. 28-08, § 1, 6-17-08; Ord. No. 32-08, § 1, 7-15-08; Ord. No. 47-09, §§ 4--6, 6-23-09)




PARKING OF RECREATIONAL AND UTILITY VEHICLES ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND PROPERTIES

Sec. 14-55. Parking of recreational and utility vehicles on residential streets and properties.
(a) Recreational and utility vehicles. For the purposes of this section, recreational and utility vehicles are defined as travel trailers, folding tent trailers, motor homes, truck campers removed from a truck or pickup, horse trailers, boat trailers with or without boats, and utility trailers. It shall be unlawful to park or leave unattended a recreational and utility vehicle: 
(1) On any street or right-of-way classified as residential or as a residential collector by the city master street plan; or
(2) In a front or exterior side yard setback area as defined in chapter 27 of the Fort Smith Municipal Code on any property zoned residential or utilized for residential purposes.
Any recreational and utility vehicle properly parked pursuant to the preceding sentence shall be maintained in a clean, well-kept state which does not detract from the appearance of the surrounding area. At no time shall a parked or stored recreational and utility vehicle be occupied or used as a dwelling unit.
(b) Exemptions. The following exemptions to the provisions of subsection (a) shall apply: 
(1) A recreational and utility vehicle may be temporarily parked in the identified building setbacks or in the identified street right-of-way for no more than four (4) days.
(2) A recreational and utility vehicle may be parked under a carport or structure approved by the board of zoning adjustment or that exists as a non-conforming structure as defined in section 27-39(d) of the Fort Smith Municipal Code.
(3) Guests may reside in a recreational and utility vehicle on the host's premises for a period not longer than two (2) weeks in any ninety-day period. The vehicle may be parked in the building setback areas during the two (2) weeks.
(c) Variances. In instances where strict enforcement of the requirements of subsection (a) would cause undue hardship due to circumstances unique to the individual property under consideration, and the granting of such variance is demonstrated to be within the spirit and intent of the provisions of this ordinance, the property owners appeals board may grant a variance of the requirements of the section according to the following guidelines: 
(1) Upon the showing required by (2) below, the property owners appeals board may modify the requirements of subsection (a) to the extent deemed just and proper so as to relieve such hardship, provided that such relief may be granted without detriment to the public interest.
(2) When the applicant can show the property was acquired in good faith and where by reason of the exceptional narrowness, shallowness, size or shape of a specific piece of property, or where by reason of exceptional topographic conditions or other extraordinary situation or condition of the piece of property, the strict application of the provisions of subsection (a) would prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of the property, and the property owners appeals board is satisfied that the granting of a variance would alleviate a hardship, as distinguished from a special privilege or convenience sought by the applicant, such variance may be granted; provided that all variances shall be in harmony with the intended purpose of this section.
(3) Any party owner aggrieved by the property owners appeals board in granting or denying a variance may appeal the decision to the court of jurisdiction  within thirty (30) days of the property owners appeals board's decision.

(Ord. No. 33-08, § 1, 7-15-08)