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Trina Murray
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Posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 01:34 pm:   

I was unable to find answers to the following in the municode application. (1) Is there an ordinance prohibiting the parking of a vehicle over a specific amount of time on a city street? For example, if a car is left on the street for three or more days is it considered abandoned? (2) Is there an city ordinance prohibiting the blocking of curbside mail boxes by vehicles? (3) If parked cars have made a street impassable for a fire truck, can the car owners be ticketed by the Frisco Police? (4) Can a vehicle owner be ticketed for blocking a sidewalk (parked halfway in driveway, halfway in street blocking walkway?
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 341
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 03:38 pm:   

QUESTION #1 IS THERE AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE PARKING OF A VEHICLE OVER A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF TIME ON A CITY STREET?

YES, THERE IS. FRISCO CITY ORDINANCE (IN PART) READS AS FOLLOWS:

Sec. 34-79.
Abandoned motor vehicle means a motor vehicle that is inoperable and more than eight years old and left unattended on public property for more than 48 hours, or a motor vehicle that has remained illegally on public property for a period of more than 48 hours, or a motor vehicle that has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property for more than 48 hours, or a motor vehicle left unattended on the right-of-way of a designated county, state, or federal highway within this state for more than 48 hours or for more than 12 hours on a turnpike project constructed and maintained by the Texas Turnpike Authority.

QUESTION #2 IS THERE AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE BLOCKING OF CURBSIDE MAIL BOXES BY VEHICLES?

THERE IS NO CURRENT ORDINANCE OR STATE LAW THAT PROHIBITS THIS UNLESS THE VEHICLE WOULD BE CONSIDERED ILLEGALLY PARKED UNDER Texas Transportation Code SECTION 545.302, WHICH STATES THAT A VEHICLE IS ILLEGALLY PARKED ON THE ROADWAY SIDE OF ANOTHER VEHICLE STOPPED OR PARKED AT THE EDGE OF THE STREET, ON A SIDEWALK, IN AN INTERSECTION, ON A CROSSWALK, BETWEEN A SAFETY ZONE AND THE ADJACENT CURB OR WITHIN 30 FEET OF A PLACE ON THE CURB IMMEDIATELY OPPOSITE THE ENDS OF A SAFETY ZONE, ALONGSIDE OR OPPOSITE A STREET EXCAVATION OR OBSTRUCTION IF STOPPING, STANDING, OR PARKING THE VEHICLE WOULD OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC; ON A BRIDGE OR OTHER ELEVATED STRUCTURE ON A HIGHWAY OR IN A HIGHWAY TUNNEL; ON A RAILROAD TRACK; OR WHERE AN OFFICIAL SIGN PROHIBITS STOPPING.

QUESTION #3 IF PARKED CARS HAVE MADE A STREET IMPASSIBLE FOR A FIRE TRUCK CAN, THE OWNERS BE TICKETED BY FRISCO POLICE?

VEHICLE MUST BE LEGALLY PARKED AS PER TRC SECTION 545.302, LISTED ABOVE. VEHICLES MUST ALSO BE PARKED ON A STREET AS TO ALLOW FOR THE NORMAL FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

QUESTION #4 CAN A VEHICLE OWNER BE TICKETED FOR BLOCKING A SIDEWALK (PARKED HALFWAY IN DRIVEWAY, HALFWAY IN STREET BLOCKING WALKWAY?

YES THEY CAN. THIS LAW IS ALSO COVERED UNDER TRC SECTION 545.302 (a)(2), LISTED ABOVE.

If you have additional questions regarding traffic statutes contact Sgt. Gina McFarlin at GMcFarlin@friscotexas.gov
 

Jeff Pergola
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Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 01:20 pm:   

What is the distance that must be observed when parking near a fire hydrant? 10' on each side? 20' on each side? Just curious.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 342
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 01:41 pm:   

From the archives:
http://qanda.ci.frisco.tx.us/discus/messages/4141/2744.html

http://qanda.ci.frisco.tx.us/discus/messages/4141/3680.html
 

Jim Williamson
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Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 02:56 pm:   

Is there a limit to the number of cars that may be parked in front of a residence?

cars that are not in front of the mailbox..
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 343
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 07:46 am:   

There is no limit as long as they are legally parked.
 

Heather
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Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 04:12 pm:   

How long, if any, can i park my boat in front of my house on the street, not blocking the mailbox?
 

Bill Milford
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Posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 - 03:02 pm:   

Does a cross walk have to marked to be subject to the 30' limit? None of the cross walks in our subdivision are marked, but they all have ADA curb cut downs.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 09:44 am:   

No, it does not have to be marked. It is the imaginary line that connects the two sidewalks on either side.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 346
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Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 - 10:26 am:   

Frisco City Ordinance (Ord. No. 89-10-07, 3, 10-17-1989) only allows a resident to park a trailer, including a boat trailer, on any public street, highway or alley for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading passengers, freight or merchandise. The Ordinance reads as follows:



Sec. 90-113. Restricted areas and times.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, park or stand any truck with a rated capacity in excess of two tons according to the manufacturer's classification or any bus, semi-trailer, trailer, and/or truck tractor upon any public street, highway, alley or public right-of-way between any street and alley, within any part of the city classified by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the city as a single-family dwelling district, two-family dwelling district or multifamily dwelling district. This section shall not prevent the parking or standing of the above-described vehicles and/or trailers upon any public street, highway or alley in any such zoned area, for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading passengers, freight or merchandise, but not otherwise.

If you have additional questions contact Sgt. Gina McFarlin at GMcFarlin@friscotexas.gov
 

Josh Steele
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Registered: 08-2007
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 11:00 pm:   

What are the laws around parking in residential areas - Should cars be parked facing the same direction as the flow of traffic? How far can you park from a stop sign or other traffic signs?
 

John Bruce
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Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2007 - 09:40 am:   

On a two-way roadway the right hand wheels of the vehicle should be parrel to and within 18 inches of the right hand curb or edge of roadway. 545.303 Texas Transportation Code

Within 30 feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the side of the roadway.

545.302 Texas Transportation Code
 

Cory Martin
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Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 04:43 pm:   

Increasingly, I am seeing vehicles on both sides of a residential street parked so close to the corner at an intersection (often past the stop sign) that it leaves only the center of the street open to traffic, limits views, and makes turning onto or off of that street unsafe. Yesterday, I was turning right from N County Rd (going southbound) onto Chinquapin Dr and nearly collided with another vehicle who was forced to the center by cars parked too close to the corner. Will the police merely ticket drivers who do this or will they tow their vehicles to restore the safe flow of traffic?
 

Adam Henderson, Sergeant
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 06:36 am:   

Police officers have many options when dealing with violations, such as parking too close to stop signs or intersections. If you feel as though a vehicle is parked in an unsafe location, please contact the non-emergency number at 972.292.6010 and ask for an officer to respond. Officers normally find the owners of the vehicles to have them voluntarily moved, but can resort to other actions if it is a safety concern that violates state or city laws. Thanks for your question.

Adam J. Henderson, Sergeant
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AHenderson@FriscoTexas.gov
 

Scissorhands
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Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 07:27 pm:   

Is it unlawful to park at the top of T-intersection?
In our neighborhood (South of Main between 423 and Teel) there are many cars parked at the top of T and make it very difficult to make turns sometimes. Also I would like to know where a street crosses an alleyway is considered an intersection.

Thank you.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 485
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Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 08:17 am:   

http://qanda.ci.frisco.tx.us/discus/messages/4141/4702.html

Yes an alley opening would be considered an intersection.
 

CDW
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 02:09 pm:   

Not sure if right thread to add to, but what city ordinances are there, if any, on parking travel trailers in one's yard? On my street, a trailer was parked on the street for several days, now the owner has removed several sections of their fence and parked it in their side/back yard along the street.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 488
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 02:32 pm:   

The ordinance is silent on the topic.
http://library.municode.com/showDocument.aspx?clientID=13745&docID=0#hit1
 

CDW
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 05:13 pm:   

Does silent mean it is not specifically addressed in any ordinance. The link provided is not working so not sure what it was pointing too. As I was able to get to the municode site, could the ordinance you are referencing be provide such as section 90-112. Thanks.
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 489
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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 10:54 am:   

I rebuilt the link twice. I have no idea why it works at first and then quits working. Correct, it is not addressed in the ordinance. Here is the entire RV ordinance. In municode, you can search for "Recreational Vehicle" to see it there.

- Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this division, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

On-street parking permit means written governmental permission authorized by the chief of police of the city or appointed designee (the "chief of police") empowering the holder thereof to park or store a recreational vehicle on a public street within a residential zoning district for a temporary period of time not to exceed 48 hours prior to a trip or 24 hours following a trip. Said permit shall identify the owner or operator of such vehicle, nearest street address or precise description of location where vehicle is to be parked or stored, the date the permit is issued, date of expiration, and any other information, conditions or special restrictions deemed necessary by the chief of police or at the time of issuance.

Recreational vehicle means any vehicular type portable structure without permanent foundation, which can be towed, hauled or driven and primarily designed to serve as temporary living accommodations for recreational, camping or travel use and including but not limited to travel trailers, camping trailers, converted buses and self-propelled motor homes.

Visitor on-street parking permit means written governmental permission authorized by the chief of police or appointed designee empowering the holder thereof to park or store a recreational vehicle on a public street within a residential zoning district for a temporary period of time not to exceed five days for visitors from outside of Collin/Denton County. Said permit shall identify the owner or operator of such vehicle, nearest street address or precise description of location where vehicle is to be parked or stored, the property owner's name, the date the permit is issued, date of expiration, and any other information, conditions or special restrictions deemed necessary by the chief of police at the time of issuance.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 3, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-149. - Restricted areas and times.

(a)
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or stand or to allow any recreational vehicle to park or stand upon any public street, highway, alley or public right-of-way between any street and alley within any part of the city classified by the city's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 93-07-11, or as amended, as a single-family dwelling district, two-family dwelling district, or multifamily dwelling district at any time.

(b)
This subsection shall not prevent the parking, operating and/or standing of the above-described vehicles and/or trailers upon any public street, highway or alley in any such zones or areas for the purpose of expeditiously loading and unloading passengers, freight or merchandise, or the expeditious delivery of a service or product.

(c)
This section shall not apply to recreational vehicles that have obtained an on-street parking permit in accordance with sections 90-151 and 90-152

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 4, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-150. - Parking not to obstruct traffic.

(a)
No person shall park any vehicle upon a public street, alley or highway in a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than 12 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.

(b)
No person shall park any vehicle upon a street adjacent to a driveway in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than three feet of roadway between the vehicle and the point where the curve return of the driveway connects with the curb.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 5, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-151. - School zones.

It shall be unlawful to park a recreational vehicle on a public street in a school zone during school hours when school is in session. This section shall not apply to the parking of such vehicles for such time as is actually necessary to load or unload passengers.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 6, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-152. - On-street parking permits.

(a)
It shall be an affirmative defense to prosecution for parking or storing a recreational vehicle on public streets within areas zoned for residential uses if a valid "on-street parking permit" has been issued to the owner or operator of said vehicle and parking or storage of the vehicle in no way violates any other pertinent state statute, city code, ordinance, section or provision.

(b)
The chief of police shall have sole authority to issue, deny, revoke or extend any on-street parking permit and may impose any additional conditions or restrictions at time of issuance deemed necessary to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the residents and guests of the city are not jeopardized.

(c)
No more than four on-street parking permits may be issued per calendar year for the same address or street location, unless otherwise approved by the chief of police.

(d)
A "visitor on-street parking permit" may only be issued to the host property owner for the exclusive use of visitors from outside of Collin/Denton County to park or store a recreational vehicle on a residential street for a maximum of five days. The application for a "visitor on-street parking permit" must be signed by the host property owner or resident at which the recreational vehicle will be parked.

(e)
No more than one visitor on-street parking permit may be issued per address or street location within a calendar year, unless otherwise approved by the chief of police.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 7, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-153. - Appeal.

All appeals from a denial, denial of extension and/or revocation of an "on-street parking permit" and/or "visitor on-street parking permit" shall be made in writing to the city manager of the city or his designee (the "city manager"). The appeal shall be filed in writing within ten days of the occurrence of any denial and/or revocation. The city manager shall attempt to hear the appeal within 30 days after receiving notice of the appeal. The city manager shall have the power to reverse a decision of the police chief where he finds that such reversal will not affect the health and/or welfare of the public. All decisions of the city manager shall be subject to review by the city council at its next regularly scheduled meeting provided it can be reasonably added to the agenda. Otherwise, the city council's review will occur at its next available regularly scheduled meeting. The decision of the city manager will be final unless reversed by the city council. The city council's failure to take action upon any such appeal shall constitute approval of the decision by the city manager.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 8, 5-16-2000)

Sec. 90-154. - Penalty provision.

Any person, firm, corporation or business entity violating this division shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined a sum not exceeding $500.00. Each continuing day's violation under this division shall constitute a separate offense. The penal provisions imposed under this division shall not preclude the city from filing suit to enjoin the violation. The city retains all legal rights and remedies available to it pursuant to local, state and federal law.

(Ord. No. 00-05-14, 9, 5-16-2000)
 

Bill Milford
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Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 10:03 am:   

The ordinances you posted reside in division 3 of the parking code and are designated as applying to recreational vehicles. However sec. 90-150, "Parking not to obstruct traffic", says all vehicles. Does this section apply to all vehicles or to all recreational vehicles?
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 492
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Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 07:21 am:   

Yes, all vehicles. The entire sentence is: No person shall park any vehicle upon a public street, alley or highway in a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than 12 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.
 

Cory Martin
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Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 12:56 pm:   

I remain unclear at to what does and doesn't constitute being "in" an intersection. Where does the spatial extent of an intersection legally begin and end? Does an intersection start at some line (real or imaginary)? Does it start where the curb starts/completes its curve around the corner? Does it extend at all beyond where the curve ends (like the driveway three feet rule in the ordinance)? The definition of an intersection's extent seems fuzzy and open to misinterpretation and abuse. Thus, would you clarify the zone that comprises an intersection?
 

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
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Post Number: 497
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Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 - 02:27 pm:   

From the Texas Transportation Code
541.303. INTERSECTION. (a) In this subtitle,
"intersection" means the common area at the junction of two
highways, other than the junction of an alley and a highway.
(b) The dimensions of an intersection include only the
common area:
(1) within the connection of the lateral curb lines
or, in the absence of curb lines, the lateral boundary lines of the
roadways of intersecting highways that join at approximate right
angles; or
(2) at the place where vehicles could collide if
traveling on roadways of intersecting highways that join at any
angle other than an approximate right angle.
(c) Each junction of each roadway of a highway that includes
two roadways at least 30 feet apart with the roadway of an
intersecting highway, including each roadway of an intersecting
highway that includes two roadways at least 30 feet apart, is a
separate intersection.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
 

Susan Puthoff
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 09-2008
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:34 am:   

There is an old van with a trailer attached parked on Crampton Lane. License # 10ZMHC.
Would appreciate having the owner required to remove it.
 

Kelly Demster
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Registered: 04-2014
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 07:09 pm:   

There has been a truck parked in front of my house for 3 weeks that has not moved. I have not seen anyone near it either. Is this legal...I'm not sure that it's not abandoned. What should I do?
 

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
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Post Number: 635
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 02:18 pm:   

Please contact the Police Department at 972-292-6010 to report the vehicle. A patrol officer will be able to assist you in determining if the vehicle is actually abandoned or belongs in the area.

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