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(A) Declaration of nuisance. The outside parking and storage on residentially-zoned property, (property identification number) or any parcel in a MU-BR or B-2 district while the use is primarily residential, of more than six vehicles (which includes all motor vehicles as defined in M.S. § 169.011, as it may be amended from time to time, watercraft and trailers), materials, supplies or equipment not customarily used for residential purposes in violation of the requirements set forth below is declared to be a public nuisance because it:
(1) Obstructs views on streets and private property;
(2) Creates cluttered and otherwise unsightly areas;
(3) Prevents the full use of residential streets for residential parking;
(4) Introduces commercial advertising signs into areas where commercial advertising signs are otherwise prohibited;
(5) Decreases adjoining landowners’ and occupants’ enjoyment of their property and neighborhood; and
(6) Otherwise adversely affects property values and neighborhood patterns.
(B) Unlawful parking and storage.
(1) A person must not place, store or allow the placement or storage of ice fish houses from April 1 to November 1, skateboard ramps, playhouses or other similar non-permanent structures continuously for longer than 72 hours in the front yard area, including driveways, of residential property unless more than 100 feet back from the front property line.
(2) A person must not place, store or allow the placement or storage of, pipe, lumber, forms, steel, machinery or similar materials, including all materials used in connection with a business, outside on residential property, unless completely shielded from public view by a fence that is in compliance with all ordinances.
(3) A person must not cause, undertake, permit or allow the outside parking and storage of vehicles on residential property unless it complies with the following requirements.
(a) There is a limit of six vehicles that may be parked or stored anywhere outside on residential property; provided that, the parking of such vehicles complies with this section.
(b) Vehicles subject to registration requirements must be currently licensed and display current license tabs.
(c) Vehicles stored outside on residential property must be in operable condition.
(d) Vehicles that are parked or stored outside must be on a paved or graveled parking or driveway area.
(e) In order to qualify as a paved or graveled parking or driveway area, the surface must meet the following requirements.
1. It must be constructed of an impervious material such as bituminous, concrete or paving blocks or it must be constructed of clean gravel or comparable material (not sand, organic soil or clay) compacted to a density of at least two inches.
2. It cannot exceed 24 feet in width; except that, the portion within 20 feet of a three- car garage may be up to 30 feet in width.
3. It may include an area on the side yard setback side of a garage; provided, such parking area may not be longer than the length of the garage or in excess of ten feet in width.
(f) Vehicles and other articles stored outside on residential property must be owned by, and currently registered to, a person who resides on that property. Students who are away at school for periods of time, but still claim the property as their legal residence will be considered residents on the property.
(Ord. 107, passed 6-4-2008) Penalty, see § 92.99