Isn't it time? Parking MY boat at MY house
Isn't it time we made a concerted effort to get the cities in Hampton Roads to amend their city codes to mirror Poquoson's in regards to boat storage?...I mean this is my property, your telling me I cant store it at my house? Poquoson is the ONLY BOATER FRIENDLY CITY IN HAMPTON ROADS...PERIOD...I read somewhere where their were upwards of 12,000 boats in Va Beach...that's a lot of boats and alot of political cloat for us to get treated this way...I know all the arguments, ugly derelict boats in front yards up on blocks...Hell I'd even consider getting a yearly permit to store it in my side yard, make the regulation state that it must be currently registered in order to store it there...make provisions for restorations or repairs...something other than "hey buddy move your boat...the neighbor complained" or get a ticket for it...SUX...BIG TIME...and I for one am tired of it...
Section 5-2. Permitted uses.
In this district, structures to be erected or land to be used shall be for one of the following uses:
(1) One single-family dwelling on a single lot of record.
(2) Churches, schools and other public and semipublic facilities, with a conditional use permit.
(3) Parks and playgrounds of a noncommercial nature.
(4) Accessory buildings located in the back yard only.
(5) Private garage on the same lot with the building, not maintained for the service of the public or operated or conducted for commercial or industrial use. No such private garage shall be located or erected on any residential block closer to the street than the setback line for the residence on that street or side street.
(6) Public utilities, including poles, lines, distribution transformers, pipes, meters, and other facilities necessary for the provisionand maintenance of public utilities, including water and sewage systems. Electrical transmission lines higher than 40 feet and substations are excluded.
(7) Home occupation signs, identification signs, temporary signs and nonelectrical temporary real estate signs which meet the requirements of the sign ordinance [appendix D].
(8) Church bulletin boards and church identification signs shall meet the requirements of the sign ordinance.
(9) The parking or storage of major recreational equipment including, but not limited to, travel trailers, utility trailers, pickup campers or coaches, motorized dwellings, tent trailers, boats and boat trailers, houseboats, or similar equipment normally used for recreational purposes shall be permitted as an accessory use subject however, to the following regulations and requirements:
a. Such major recreational equipment shall not be used for living, sleeping, housekeeping, or business purposes, nor shall such major recreational equipment be connected to any utility service, except for temporary periods solely for replenishing supplies, or for the servicing or repair of equipment.
b. Such major recreational equipment shall not be parked or stored in the front yard in any residential district, except that: (1) such major recreational equipment may be parked or stored in the front yard for a period not to exceed 48 hours for the sole purpose of loading or unloading, or (2) in the event such major recreational equipment cannot physically be placed within an enclosed garage, or cannot physically be placed in the side or rear yard of a residence without encroaching upon the lands of another,or obstructing the only means of ingress and egress to accessory buildings, or without damage to permanent accessory buildings or trees measuring at least three inches in diameter at breast height, then one piece of major recreational equipment, or a combination thereof designed to be used and operated as one unit, may be parked or stored on an improved driveway at a point furthermost from the public street right-of-way upon receipt of a recreational equipment storage permit from the zoning administrator.
c. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit commercial trailers from loading and unloading in aresidential district, nor to prohibit the temporary use of a trailer, on site, by a contractor, while construction is in progress.
BEACH FORD, I'm missing your point. VA Bch does allow you to park your boat at your house. Just has to be parked on the side. Is that what your objecting to? I think more people have problems with their home owners associations than the city..
WHEN I had my boat, I stored in my side yard at my house for over a year and never had ANY complaints...........it was alarger boat 24' hard top like an Alby.....
HOA'S are for yuppies!
simple, move out of the city limits :)
Mirror Poquoson...simple, less restrictive...
YOU CAN PARK ON THE SIDE OF YOUR HOUSE IN VA. BEACH. You have to fence it so it is not visible from the street. I had an extension added to my driveway up the side of the house and store my boat there with no problems. You may have some problems with an H.O.A.'S restrictions but not from the city. The biggest problem in any city with parking your boat is your jealous neighbors! The city(as pety as they can be) Do not enforce the code unless your friend next door complains! I had this happen to me in my old neighborhood and happened across the complainer sooo I called the H.O.A.; reported his peeling paint and his gutters hanging off the house. It felt real good watching him have to repaint and pay for new gutters while I sipped a cool one on the side of my house in the boat.
So exactly what are the differences between the 2 ........... looks like the regs let you keep your boat in your yard ....... just not your front yard ........ how are the other regs different?
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." By Henry David Thoreau.
I've had a boat parked next to my house for 6 years and haven't had a problem.. several neighbors have boats as well. What are the rules in Poquson? Does Poquoson levy a tax on boat owners?