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Chula Vista HOA faces pushback over proposed parking changes

Posted at 6:24 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 22:04:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Homeowners in Chula Vista's Eastlake III Community Association are fighting back against proposed parking updates for the HOA. If passed neighbors would be required to park their cars in the garage before parking in their driveway or on the street.

The Board of Directors distributed proposed updates to the Community Association Handbook for a homeowner review and comment; and will vote on Tuesday, August 20.

Among the proposed changes:

  • Street parking is permitted only after all garage spaces, and driveway spaces, are utilized to its maximum designed capacity
  • The Association's management company is permitted to perform a garage inspection of a residence to ensure compliance with the Association's governing documents

Homeowner Jose Esquer believes an inspection would be an invasion of people's property.

"They seem to want the right to inspect your garage, and that's private property. What I have in my garage shouldn't be anybody's business, but whoever is inside my house. I have a problem with them trying to police what we do once inside our house," said Esquer.

Becky Niemiec already parks her car in the garage but still believes the changes would be an overstep.

"We don't have attics, we don't have basements, we have no storage, people should be able to use their garage however they want to," said Niemiec.

Niemiec says the issue has drawn a lot of debate on Nextdoor. She says while some argue the changes could help beautify the neighborhood, she believes that group is in the minority.

The HOA Board will vote on the changes Tuesday night; residents are invited to give their input.

10News reached out to Walters Management and the HOA President, asking several questions and trying to get clarification on the proposed changes, but only received the following statement:

The EastLake III Community Association Board of Directors distributed proposed updates to the Community Association Handbook for homeowner review and comment. During the 28-day review period, numerous comments and recommendations were received and will be reviewed by the Board and used to make an informed decision at the next Board of Directors meeting on August 20, 2019. All proposed updates were reviewed by the Association’s legal counsel and are in compliance with the EastLake III Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and California law. There is no new policy being implemented with regards to parking.
Board President of the EastLake III Community Association