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No Parking of Commercial Vehicles on Residential Streets!

We must take steps to preserve Manalapan’s residential streets so that they do not turn into an advertisement for businesses.

I have been living on Eastwood Blvd in Manalapan for 26 years and it has always been a beautiful, quiet residential street.  However, in the past two years, we have been dealing with a neighbor who insists on parking his commercial van on our street even though he knows that his neighbors are unhappy about it. How does he know? We have spoken to him, sent him a certified letter expressing our displeasure, called the police, and contacted the Manalapan Township's Department of Zoning/Enforcement.  Still we have to see the truck with his business’ logo in large and bright colors every day parked in front of his house. 

The township ordinance prohibits the parking of trucks on private property and on residential streets with the following exceptions:  (1) any motor vehicle having no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle, and (2) vehicles which are actively engaged in loading or unloading of persons, goods, wares or merchandise and/or vehicles which are actively engaged in the performance of a service.

I believe that Manalapan Township needs to re-visit and amend their ordinance so that, even if a motor vehicle has “no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle” and it is not “actively engaged in the unloading of persons, goods, wares or merchandise” or is “actively engaged in the performance of a service” but it is clearly a commercial vehicle with business advertising on it, that commercial vehicle should not be allowed to park on any residential street. 

We must take steps to preserve Manalapan’s residential streets so that they do not turn into an advertisement for businesses. Unfortunately, as of now, we on Eastwood Blvd are just going to have to deal with an "un-neighborly" neighbor living among us.

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Esther Krutzel February 21, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I feel your pain. There are lots of people who have told me similar stories. Our neighbor's commercial vehicle is parked there every day after work and all day on weekends, regardless of the weather. In our case, we do not believe that our neighbor is doing this to be vindictive or trying to cause trouble. But that does not make it any less troublesome for the residents who are affected by it. We can only hope that Manalapan Township will act upon this request. Anyone who agrees with this amendment should e-mail Mayor Susan Cohen at mayor@twp.manalapan.nj.us.
Col. Forbin February 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Considering ordinances that regulate commercial vehicle parking exist to preserve and maintain the residential character of township neighborhoods, the wording of the ordinance in question fails in this regard as it permits the parking of four-wheeled billboards on our township's public residential streets. Further, if the owner of the vehicle were to park the large vehicle directly in front of his property, he would be directly opposite the driveway of the house across the street. If he were to park so as to avoid parking opposite driveways, he would have to park his large, unsightly vehicle down the street, in front of someone else's house. This problem illustrates the limitations of residential neighborhoods to accommodate the parking of large (four-wheeled) commercial vehicles, which township ordinances currently fail to prohibit. The township ought to review this.
Esther Krutzel February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Agreed. That is what we are trying to accomplish. Thank you for your support.
ManalapanGrrl May 18, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I feel your pain. My neighbor drives a commercial vehicle and every day I am awakened by the back up beeps of his truck. It sucks.
Esther Krutzel May 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I have written many e-mails to the mayor of Manalapan, including pictures of the van on the street. The response I received was that letting vans park on the street was "in the best interests of all the residents." When I questioned that response, she clarified by saying that "the majority of people want the commercial vehicles on the street rather than the driveways." I wonder who "the majority" of people are and whether or not the township has truly polled its residents (I certainly doubt that). If enough Manalapan residents who were affected by this wrote to the mayor at mayor@twp.manalapan.nj.us and alerted them to their displeasure, perhaps something could get done.

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