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Resident questions code compliance in King City

King City and King City Civic Association enforce the rules as written


Bob Pysoe, who lives on King George across from the King City Apartments, recently called the Regal Courier to ask about the following issues: on-street parking in the city, landscape maintenance and a business operating in a residential area.

He complained to the Regal Courier that apartment dwellers are constantly parking on his side of the street, and in one instance, an ambulance could not park by his neighbor’s home after she had a stroke.

King City police Chief Chuck Fessler reported, "There are no "his" side of the street parking rules. A vehicle can remained parked legally for up to 72 hours, and then it has to be moved for a distance of at least a block.

"If a person had a stroke, both an ambulance and fire unit would have responded and parked their units in the street if there was no curb space… If a vehicle presents a hazard, we will tow it as a hazard."

King City City Manager Dave Wells added, "The rules are relatively specific and designed to stop people from storing vehicles on the street. In addition to a vehicle not being allowed to be parked on a street for more than 72 hours, an equipment trailer cannot be parked for more than 48 hours.

"The overall intent is to not have people storing vehicles on the street. I talked to Bob for the first time a year ago, and since then have tracked the parked cars on King George between 116th and Queen Elizabeth. Yes, there are lots of cars parked on the apartment side, but I have never seen more than five parked at a time of the other side. This is based on driving by at random times."

If residents really want to limit parking, they can set up a neighborhood parking restriction zone whereby they and their guests must all display permits in their vehicles parked on the street, "which is a hassle," Wells said.

When asked about the King City Civic Association's role in on-street parking, Administrator J. Patrick Moore said, "The Civic Association does not control on-street parking."

Pysoe also complained that sometimes the apartment grounds are messy and filled with litter while homeowners are required to keep up their properties.

"We ask the apartment management to follow the same maintenance standards as the rest of the community," Moore said. "If there are particular items at the apartments that are brought to my attention, then I contact the apartment manager.

"We do have a committee that goes around and inspects the community and handles the initial contact for (covenants, codes and restrictions) compliance throughout the civic association. When there is no response to the committee's contact, then I get involved in the process."

Finally, Pysoe wondered why the apartment management doesn’t have its office in the King City Plaza rather than in a residential neighborhood.

"There is a specific provision in Article VII, Section 1 (in the CC&Rs) about property use that exempts the apartment office from the restriction on business use," Moore said.

“It states, ‘No Lot or Unit shall be used for any purpose in violation of any statute, ordinance or regulation of any governmental authority.

“‘Notwithstanding whether such use may comply with governmental authorities, no Lot or Unit may be used for the conduct of any trade, service, business or commercial purpose, except for in-home activity by the Member for a business purpose that generates no traffic to the site and displays no outward appearance that a business is conducted within. The office of the King City Apartments is exempt from this restriction.’”