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Parking Rules
These parking rules are subject to change at any time to align the rules with the needs of the community. A 30-day notice of all changes will be provided by the Board to homeowners via electronic and/or written communication
    1. NO PARKING IN FIRE LANES at any time. By mandate of the DC Fire Marshal, everyone must observe fire lane restrictions.
    2. Both sides of all alleyways, the entire north side of Winfield Lane heading west, the west side of the 36th St entension and east side of 37th St extension are designated as fire lanes.
    3. NO parking within 25 feet of the approach side of any “STOP” sign.
    4. Vehicles must park parallel to and within 12 inches of the right-hand curb, facing in the direction of traffic flow. (This is in accordance with DC parking regulations because Winfield Lane has two-way traffic.)
    5. Vehicles may extend from private driveways/parking pads onto Winfield Lane for safety purposes, e.g. steep driveways during snow and icy conditions.
    6. No residents’ trucks, pickup trucks, RVs, boats, commercial vans, taxi cabs, trailers, campers, motorcycles, motorized bikes, motor scooters, rideshare vehicles/scooters/mopeds or non-traditional bikes are to be parked on Winfield Lane or on parking pads/driveways.
    7. The gate at the intersection of the 36th St. extension and Reservoir Rd. is not to be used for routine through traffic. This gate should remain closed except when opened by emergency personnel. 
Parking on Winfield Lane in the 16 designated locations is by permit (“parking hang tag”) ONLY. A parking hang tag allows straightforward identification of authorized vehicles.
Guiding Principle:
No resident of Cloisters West (CW) or their guests may use one of the 16 designated permit parking spaces along Winfield Lane as an extended or permanent “third parking space.” Each CW resident has two dedicated parking spaces: a garage and a parking pad/driveway. The 16 designated parking spaces on Winfield Lane are for fair use by all 109 homes, especially for guests and service personnel on an as-needed basis.  
    1. One (1) moveable, plastic parking permit hang tag will be issued per household only when your CWHOA account has no outstanding balance.  Parking hang tags with the current parking year (e.g. 2023-2024) will be issued each year during the summer.
    2. We encourage all household vehicles to be registered with the Property Manager.  Registering of household vehicles is recommended to prevent avoidable vehicle towing and is used only for this purpose.
    3. Residents may use a parking hang tag in a permit parking spot for their own vehicle to accommodate a guest or service vehicle, but its use is subject to the conditions stated below. For these purposes, a “guest” is defined as someone who does not use a Cloisters West address for their primary residence.
    4. A household’s parking permit hang tag is to be displayed in clear view, hanging from the rearview mirror with the house number facing out, or placed on the front dashboard, driver side.  
    5. Lost parking hang tags can be replaced by purchase from the Property Manager, who will mark it as a “replacement,” thereby voiding the prior parking hang tag. The initial replacement fee is $20. The fee is $50 for the 2nd replacement and $100 for the 3rd replacement. After 3 hang tag replacement requests have been made in a 12-month period, a 4th hang tag will not be issued until the next year or upon further review by the CWHOA Board.
    6. To allow all residents access to the permit parking spaces, each household should generally avoid using these spaces on more than two occasions in one week. Use of the parking hang tag by a household includes all cars registered to the household and any of their "guests" who have been given the hang tag to use. Households with special, short-term situations may submit a Short-Term Extended Permit Parking Request Form to the CW Property Manager at least three days prior to the dates needed. Each request will be considered for a short-term exception to these rules and, if approved, will be given a temporary pass to be visible at all times on the front dashboard, driver side. “Special situations” do not include the following: sloped driveways, attached garages, inconvenience, garages used for storage, large cars, etc. Additionally, it does not guarantee a particular space of the 16 available. 
The CWHOA Board relies upon the good sense and judgement of fellow homeowners in abiding by the parking rules; therefore, the Board anticipates that each homeowner will adhere to the parking standards in a dedicated effort to be fair and equitable and to be good neighbors.  
It is the sense of the Board that most residents can be relied upon to consider the common good with their parking habits.  It is not the Board’s intent to rigidly and aggressively enforce these rules.  If a resident notices a breach of a parking rule, the best first step is communicating with the offender.  If egregious parking violations persist, residents are encouraged to notify a Board member or the Property Manager.  
The CWHOA Board and/or its designee may then issue warnings and tickets as needed to ensure compliance with parking rules. 
    1. Parking enforcement will be conducted by an independent third-party monitor (security company, independent individual or property management company) to ensure consistent and standardized practices, reduce bias and promote neighborly relations.
    2. To ensure compliance with parking rules, enforcement of all 16 spaces will be at random, unannounced, and at frequent intervals throughout the week.
    1. Any vehicles parked in a Fire Lane or within 25 feet of the approach side of any "STOP" sign are subject to CW ticketing by the Board or the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD); and potential towing without notice.
    2. Household's failure to comply with Parking and Traffic Rules 1 - 7 is subject to warning, CW ticketing, towing and revocation of their parking hang tag. 
    3. If a vehicle does not have a current and visible parking permit hang tag, it is subject to towing from a permit parking space without notice. 
    4. Tickets and Escalation. It is not the Board’s goal to act punitively or to treat parking infractions as a source of revenue. However, tickets and towing may be directed at egregious offenders.
      1. First three offenses in the current hang tag year: $50 per infraction. 
      2. Following a 4th offense in the current hang tag year, the parking hang tag may, at the discretion of the CWHOA Board, be revoked for the remaining quarters of the hang tag year.
    1. Use of counterfeit or tampered parking hang tags / temporary passes may lead to revocation of parking hang tags at the discretion of the CWHOA Board.
    2. Households cannot sell or indefinitely loan a parking hang tag to a person in another household, and this activity may lead to the revocation of the parking hang tag at the discretion of the CWHOA Board. 
    3. A homeowner may submit a written appeal to the CWHOA Board regarding a parking hang tag revocation, which will require a Board vote for final determination. Prior history of CW parking violations as well as delinquent CWHOA account balances, will be factored into the Board’s decision of an appeal. 
The above Parking Rules were reviewed and approved by the Board on August 24, 2023