Englewood City Private Property Vehicle Parking Question (November 2011)

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AnEnglewood City Private Property Vehicle Parking Question was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the city of Englewood, which is in Arapahoe County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 2,530 (55.75%)Approveda
  • NO 2,008 (44.25%)[1]

This measure sought to amend the city charter so that weight restrictions for vehicles parked on private property would be removed as well as allowing boats, recreational vehicles and other similar vehicles to be parked on private property. The measure will also eliminate the restriction of two vehicles maximum parked on private property. This measure was brought to the ballot through a petition which residents were able to obtained 562 valid signatures, 519 were needed to place the measure on the ballot.[2]

Opponents noted that if this measure was approved, residents would place bulldozers, garbage trucks and the like on their property, but proponents countered that having heavy machinery goes against the municipal code. Proponents noted that residents should be able to make their own decisions about what to do with their property.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall THE ENGLEWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE of the City of Englewood, Colorado be amended by changing the Code to provide: In order to preserve property rights of the people of Englewood on their own use of private property, this ordinance will protect the right of parking vehicles on private property. No vehicle weight restrictions are to be applied to private property. All recreational vehicles (RV’s, trailers, ATV ’s, boats, campers, camper shells, and any other vehicle that is defined as an “ORV” by Englewood Municipal Code) are allowed to be parked and stored on private property, with the location and placement at the discretion of the property owner. Business-labeled vehicles are allowed to be parked on private property. The City shall not limit the number of vehicles to two per household. Any surface on private property, permeable or non-permeable, except for grass, is an allowable surface for parking and storage of a vehicle. Any existing laws in conflict with the wording of this ordinance shall be repealed. The initiative will ONLY apply to private property and will not affect any codes relating to rights-of-way, streets or public areas.[4][5]