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Circle Drive No Stopping Regulations

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We are opposed to the Village's recent change in approach such that the Village now is strictly enforcing the existing "no stopping" restrictions against Circle Drive area residents (and their guests) and is about to extend these restrictions to the entire Circle Drive area.

We all agree that the Village should take reasonable steps to prevent non-residents from parking their cars in the Circle Drive area so they can commute on the LIRR.

In the past, the Village seemed to take a common sense approach and effectively target reports of non-residents commuters, while limiting the impact on residents. We do not understand why the Village has now changed what had been working well.

The impact of the Village's recent actions falls almost entirely on residents and their guests, not non-residents. We see no reason why residents with young families (and their babysitters, care-taking grandparents, children's tutors, housekeepers, play-dates, etc.) should be fined for stopping cars in front of their own homes during the day as they (and their guests) come and go. Given the varied topography in the Circle Drive area, homes with steep driveways, driveways that lead to basement entrances, narrow driveways that require moving cars to come and go, families with multiple cars, etc. many residents find that their driveways are not conducive to running in and out of their homes during the day, especially with packages, elderly family members, etc. For some residents and their family members, parking, exiting and entering a car from the driveway is hazardous. We respectfully request that the Village honor these valid concerns of its residents.

We are concerned that the Village’s actions will have a negative impact on property values, as the impact is felt by many residents with young children. However, residents who do not have young families will also be impacted if they wish to sell their homes at some point, as almost all of the interested buyers in our area are families with young children.

The addition of more signs will also detract from the appearance of the neighborhood and make it less desirable. There are currently 24 signs in the area where the no standing regulation is in effect (within 1500 feet of the train station). We have seen no evidence of (and the Village records do not reflect) an increase in non-resident commuter parking that would justify adding additional, unattractive signs. We see no reason for the Village to expend taxpayer money to purchase these signs or to use limited resources code enforcement resources for this purpose.

If the Village believes there is an increase in non-resident commuter parking that needs to be addressed, we ask the Village to consider alternatives that would lessen the impact on residents but still prevent non-resident commuter parking, such as changing the rule from "no standing" to "3 hour parking" or issuing residents parking stickers and permits for their guests. If the Village is enforcing and expanding the no stopping regulation to address general concerns about the aesthetics of on street parking or other issues, those concerns should be addressed between neighbors.

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