I did a search, but didn't find what I was looking for.
What's an effective, legal way to deal with residential over-crowding, specifically vehicular over-crowding?
The citizenry in a mid-sized residential area is complaining about the proliferation of vehicles parked in driveways/yards of the homes in the neighborhoods.
To put it in context, the neighborhood was developed in the mid- to late-70s, with single story detached homes: slab-on-grade, shallow pitch roof, car ports, on third- to half-acre lots. Typical affordable tract housing.
In the past 10 years, the blue-collar 1980s kids left the neighborhood, almost all the older empty nesters left, too, and new families have been able to buy newer homes elsewhere at competitive rates in the past 5-8 years, so the neighborhood has teeter'd on the edge of decline & blight for a while now. Some people are buying the under-valued properties at sub-$100k prices, fixing and flipping for $160s - 180s, but unfortuantely, most of the homes since 2000 have become rentals.
The rental property is filled with blue collar laborers, mostly immigrant, and often each home is filled with 6-10 permanent residents. Those residents often drive trucks, trailers, panel vans and many of them are 'commercial' vehicles (think ladder racks with 12-14 aluminum ladders, vehicles covered in paint/concrete splatter, etc.), as they are labeled and wrapped with the names of the companies for whom they work.
Now the remaining residents are complaining, LOUDLY, to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager that they no longer want commercial vehicles allowed to be parked, stopped, standing or stored in these neighborhoods. But how do you limit the right of a guy to park his painter's van in his driveway, but not the R/E agent to park her Lexus SUV in her driveway?
I've already been commanded to re-write the zoning ordinance to create a residential parking management code (including limiting the number of vehicles per lot in SFR zoning districts to no more than 4 -- this includes trailers, RVs, boats, motorcycles, etc.), and amend the City Code to prohibit on-street parking in these areas at any time.
Is there any insightful document I can read that'll give me direction on how to manage commercial vehicle parking? Or --my personal belief-- is this really a civil matter that is better handled by an HOA?