Clover Court parking: The dispute continues


The Taneytown Planning and Zoning Commission decided last night to delay action on a dispute over parking places and lot ownership in the Clover Court housing development.

The commission received surveyors' maps of Clover Court for the first time last night, and members said they would like to visit the development and investigate further before making recommendations to the Town Council and mayor.

Some Clover Court residents have complained about inadequate parking in the neighborhood.

Several say that they are unable to use parking spots they own.

Developer's plans for Clover Court filed with the county provide for 56 parking spaces for 28 homes in the U-shaped court. Each house is on a 18-by-120-foot lot, with an 18-foot-wide space designated for parking for each resident.

But some of the court homes face the sides of other houses. Hence the confusion, with some parking spaces designated for sites that turn out to be not on the street in front of houses but in the living rooms and front yards of neighboring homes.

"This situation is terrible," Nathan Fowler, a resident of the development, said in an interview last year. "We are paying taxes on land we are not even able to use. It's ridiculous."

City Attorney Thomas Stansfield said last night that several details need to be worked out in maps of the court and an accurate survey of the neighborhood is yet to be finished.

Commission members, in fact, seemed unsure whether residents there own their own parking spaces.

"I just want to be sure that someone's front yard is not in someone else's living room," said Henry C. Heine, a commission member and Taneytown City Council member.

Mr. Stansfield said one key issue will be what should be done with property owned in common to help provide for more parking places and resolve the property-line problem.

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