HAZEL CREST, Ill. – Limousines soon may have a parking spot
in Hazel Crest after all.
Village officials may approve an exemption for limousines
to an ordinance approved in August that prohibits the
parking of commercial vehicles in residential areas.
The ordinance was created in response to resident
complaints about oversized vehicles taking away from the
residential quality of the village's neighborhoods.
As it stands, limousines are included in an ordinance that
becomes effective Dec. 10.
The board revisited the limousine issue at a recent
administrative meeting after limousine owners expressed
that the ordinance will negatively affect their businesses.
The ordinance creates undo hardships on limousine owners,
Trustee Melvyn Freed said.
Freed, who had supported the inclusion of limousines in the
ordinance, said he has rethought the issue and changed his
Trustee Jane Brown said some limousine owners moved into
the village with the understanding that they would be able
to park their vehicles in their driveways.
For some owners, the cost to house their limousines
elsewhere may put them out of business, Brown said.
Brown, Freed and Trustee Gregory Washington said their
original intent for the ordinance was to prohibit large
commercial trucks from residential areas, and they believe
limousines don't detract from the neighborhood's appearance
as trucks do.
"I have not seen a problem with limousines," Washington
said. "I can't see forcing them to move when one truck
started the problem."
Trustee Susan Pate said that for as long as the board took
to develop the ordinance, it shouldn't turn around and make
"We can't be wishy-washy," she said.
The board had enough time before approving the ordinance to
learn how it would affect limousine owners, Pate said.
She suggested the board either leave the ordinance as is or
get rid of it all together.
The other board members want to make an exception for
limousines that would allow a maximum of two limousines
parked in a driveway and not extending over the sidewalk.
The board was scheduled to vote on the issue at its meeting