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Board Members Consider Allowing Limos to Park on Residential Streets

LCT Staff
Posted on October 20, 2004

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 mind.

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 an exception.

"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 Oct. 12.

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