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Town of Windsor, CT
Hartford County
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[Code 1961, § 17.03.01; Ord. No. 71-3, 10-8-1971]
No vehicle shall be parked beyond the period of legal parking as designated by the traffic authority for the Town as set for that area on any street or off-street parking area in the Town.
[Code 1961, § 17.03.02; Ord. No. 71-3, 10-8-1971]
No person shall park or leave unattended for longer than one hour any commercial vehicle on streets in residential areas in the Town. A "commercial vehicle" is hereby defined as any vehicle designed and used for the transportation of merchandise or freight or of employees of the registrant when engaged in the business of the registrant, which is propelled or drawn by any power other than muscular, except such as run only on rails or tracks.
[Code 1961, § 17.03.03; Ord. No. 71-3, 10-8-1971]
The traffic authority for the Town is authorized to declare a parking ban thereby temporarily prohibiting parking in any area where, in such authority's opinion, it is necessary to facilitate the removal of snow, the construction of public works improvements, and other good and sufficient purposes. Such authority shall give notice of such temporary prohibition by placing suitable signs or by radio and newspaper.
[Code 1961, § 17.03.04; Ord. No. 71-3, 10-8-1971]
(a) 
No vehicle shall be parked on the streets of the Town between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. between November 15th and April 15th.
(b) 
No vehicle shall be parked on the streets of the Town during a snow or ice storm which has been in progress at least one hour.
(c) 
No vehicle shall be parked or left on the traveled portion of a street or highway so as to impede normal snow-plowing operations and the free flow of traffic during snow storms.
[Code 1961, § 17.03.05; Ord. No. 71-3, 10-8-1971; Ord. No. 80-6, § 1, 10-20-1980; Ord. No. 87-3, § 2, 10-19-1987; Ord. No. 99-3, § 1, 5-3-1999]
(a) 
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be fined the sum of $15 if paid within seven days of the issuance of the notice of said violation and the sum of $30 if paid beyond seven days of the issuance of said violation notice.
(b) 
Any vehicle involved in a violation of the article may, in addition to the fine prescribed in subsection (a) above, be removed and conveyed by, or under the direction of, a member of the Police Department by means of towing or otherwise, to a place to be designated by the Town Manager. The owner of any impounded vehicle shall be duly informed as to the nature and circumstances of the violation on account of which such vehicle has been impounded and shall be liable for the costs incurred as a result of the removal and storage of such vehicles.
(c) 
In any prosecution or proceedings for the violation of any provision of this article, proof of the registration number of any motor vehicle therein concerned shall be prima facie evidence that the owner was the operator thereof.
[Ord. No. 84-1, § 1, 1-3-1984; Ord. No. 86-5, §§ 1 — 13, 3-17-1986; Ord. No. 01-3, § 1, 1-16-2001; Ord. No. 03-3, § 1, 9-2-2003]
(a) 
Applicability. Any parking lot which is intended or designed to provide parking to any proposed or existing building where such building is required by any applicable law, statute, ordinance, code or regulation to be accessible to handicapped persons shall comply with this section.
(b) 
Definition. For the purpose of this section, a "handicapped person" shall be a person whose ability to walk is seriously and/or permanently impaired, and who has been issued a special parking identification card for handicapped persons by the commissioner of motor vehicles or the Chief of Police or other relevant authority of any state.
(c) 
Use of specially designated spaces. Whenever the traffic authority of the Town, or the owner, operator, lessee or tenant of any such premises shall designate specially marked parking spaces for handicapped persons, no motor vehicle shall park in such space except:
(1) 
A motor vehicle registered as a passenger motor vehicle, or passenger and commercial motor vehicle and operated by or transporting a holder or holders of a proper, unexpired identification form, issued by a proper authority of any state; or
(2) 
A motor vehicle bearing a special license plate designating such vehicle as being used for transporting a handicapped person or persons, issued by a proper authority of any state.
(d) 
Number and location of spaces to be provided. Spaces reserved and designated as parking for the handicapped shall be in accordance with the following table:
Total Parking Spaces on Site
Required Number of Parking Spaces for Handicapped1
1 — 9
Exempt
10 — 25
1
26 — 50
2
51 — 75
3
76 — 100
4
101 — 150
5
151 — 200
6
201 — 300
7
301 — 400
8
401 — 500
9
501 — 1,000
2% of total
Over 1,000
20, plus 1 for each 100 over 1,000
NOTE:
1
When calculating the required number of parking spaces, round any resultant number to the nearest whole number.
(e) 
Construction, identification, and signage required. The construction, identification, delineation, and marking of all parking spaces required herein shall be in accordance with and pursuant to Section 14-253a(g), (h), and (i) of the Connecticut General Statutes. In addition thereto, the marking of all parking spaces shall include a sign supplied by the Town of Windsor which reads: "To report violations, call or contact the Windsor Police Department at 860-688-5273". If clearly visible from the handicapped parking spaces served, one sign may serve more than one such parking space.
(f) 
Responsibility for constructing spaces. The owner, operator, lessee or tenant of such parking lot shall be responsible for installing and maintaining any improvement necessary to comply with this section.
(g) 
Enforcement and penalties. The provisions of this section requiring maintenance or installation of any improvement shall be enforced by the zoning enforcement officer who shall issue written orders and grant reasonable deadlines as he may deem necessary to gain compliance. Failure to comply shall be an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $90. Each day that such infraction continues unabated shall be a separate infraction. Infraction complaints shall be issued and served by a police officer upon written request from the zoning enforcement officer. The provisions of this section regarding usage of such spaces shall be enforced by the Police Department. Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked in violation of this section, any Windsor police officer may issue a citation for such violation, which citation shall provide for a fine of not less than $95 payable to the Town and remitted to the office of the tax collector within seven days of the citation date. If the fine is not paid within seven days, a penalty in an amount equal to the fine shall immediately become due and payable in addition to the original fine and a warrant may be issued for the arrest of the violator.
(h) 
Exceptions. The Windsor Zoning Board of Appeals (hereinafter the Board) may grant exceptions to subsection (d) of this section as to the applicability based on the number of total parking spaces on site and as to the required number of parking spaces for handicapped persons.
Applications for such exceptions shall apply in writing to the clerk of the Board on a form provided by said Board. Such application shall be considered officially received at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board after submission to such clerk, or 35 days after such submission, whichever is sooner. The Board shall commence a hearing on the application within 65 days after official receipt and shall render a decision within 65 days after such hearing commences. The applicant may consent to one or more extensions of any period specified in this subsection, provided the total extension of any such period shall not be for longer than the original period as specified in this subsection. Said applicant may withdraw such application at any time prior to the Board's decision.
Such hearings shall be conducted in the same manner as requests for variances from the Town of Windsor zoning regulations with the following exceptions:
(1)
Legal advertising, notification signs, hearing fees and filing requirements shall not be required.
(2)
Written notification of such pending hearing shall be mailed to the Commission on the aging and handicapped at least 10 days prior to the commencement of such hearing.
The Board shall decide such cases based upon a test of reasonableness, and may grant, deny, or modify and grant the application with due consideration to the following factors:
(1) 
The number of parking spaces on the site compared to the number of parking spaces required by the Town zoning regulations;
(2) 
The known history of use of the existing parking spaces by handicapped persons and the projected future use of such spaces;
(3) 
The requirements of the site plan as approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, if available;
(4) 
The evidence and testimony of the applicant, the Town staff, the Commission on the aging and handicapped, and any other interested party, provided any such evidence and testimony is submitted to the Board prior to the close of the hearing.
(i) 
Presumption as to vehicle ownership. In any prosecution or proceedings for the violation of any provision of this article, proof of the registration number of any motor vehicle therein concerned shall be prima facie evidence that the owner was the operator thereof.