Vil­lage eases ban on pickup park­ing

Daily Southtown - - FRONT PAGE - By Zak Koeske

A decades-old pickup truck park­ing pro­hi­bi­tion in Flossmoor came to an end this week af­ter the Vil­lage Board voted unan­i­mously to re­write zon­ing codes that had banned park­ing the trucks in res­i­den­tial drive­ways.

The board’s vote Mon­day to ease the pro­hi­bi­tion came two months af­ter 63 per­cent of Flossmoor vot­ers backed an ad­vi­sory bal­lot pro­posal to re­con­sider the or­di­nance, which some res­i­dents have de­cried as “elit­ist.”

The amended or­di­nance, which took ef­fect im­me­di­ately, per­mits per­sonal-use pickup trucks weigh­ing no more than 8,000 pounds and de­signed to trans­port no more than 10 pas­sen­gers to park in res­i­den­tial drive­ways so long as there are no un­cov­ered items in the bed of the truck.

Such ve­hi­cles must have no more than four wheels, must not ex­ceed 8 feet in height or width and must not have any part of the ex­haust sys­tem in­stalled above the frame of the ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance.

Res­i­den­tial drive­way park­ing re­mains ver­boten for trucks used for com­mer­cial pur­poses, how­ever.

Ve­hi­cles with com­mer­cial let­ter­ing or lo­gos and ve­hi­cles with any com­mer­cial equip­ment or at­tached ap­pendage — such as a snow­plow blade or aux­il­iary light­ing — can­not be parked in res­i­den­tial drive­ways, un­less they’re in the process of de­liv­er­ing a prod­uct or pro­vid­ing a ser­vice at a res­i­dence.

Be­fore Mon­day’s vote, Flossmoor may have been the only com­mu­nity in the na­tion that had

pro­hib­ited pickup truck park­ing in res­i­den­tial drive­ways, vil­lage of­fi­cials have said.

The vil­lage ini­tially banned the ve­hi­cles in 1975, mak­ing it so that no one who lived in Flossmoor legally could keep a pickup in town. Of­fi­cials eased the full pro­hi­bi­tion in 1989, per­mit­ting the park­ing of per­sonal-use pick­ups as long as the trucks were kept in closed garages.

The is­sue re­ceived at­ten­tion again last year when res­i­dents started an on­line pe­ti­tion ask­ing that of­fi­cials re­con­sider the park­ing re­stric­tions.

In re­sponse, the Vil­lage Board opted to put an ad­vi­sory ques­tion about eas­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion on the Novem­ber bal­lot. It re­ceived re­sound­ing sup­port from Flossmoor vot­ers.

The vil­lage’s Plan Com­mis­sion held a pub­lic hear­ing in De­cem­ber on a pro­posed or­di­nance amend­ment that would per­mit trucks to park on res­i­den­tial drive­ways with cer­tain lim­i­ta­tions and sub­se­quently sent the Vil­lage Board a writ­ten re­port rec­om­mend­ing adop­tion of such an amend­ment.

The Vil­lage Board took the Plan Com­mis­sion’s re­port un­der con­sid­er­a­tion and ul­ti­mately de­cided that amend­ing the pickup truck park­ing pro­hi­bi­tion was “in the best in­ter­ests of the Vil­lage and its res­i­dents,” ac­cord­ing to the amend­ment passed Mon­day.

Vil­lage of­fi­cials could not be reached for com­ment about their de­ci­sion to lift the con­tro­ver­sial park­ing ban.

TED SLOWIK/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

A pickup truck park­ing pro­hi­bi­tion in Flossmoor came to an end af­ter the Vil­lage Board voted to re­write codes that had banned park­ing the trucks in res­i­den­tial drive­ways.

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