Borough of Indiana, PA
Indiana County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Indiana 6-2-1992 by Ord. No. 1547. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 170.
Parking meters — See Ch. 288.
Permit parking — See Ch. 305.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 395.
Towing — See Ch. 421.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 440.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPROVED PARKING LOCATION
Any parking space on private property that has been approved by the Borough permit officer for parking use, and has been improved to meet or exceed minimum Borough requirements for construction of off-street parking areas in consideration of the use the parking is intended to serve.
DRIVEWAY
A vehicular path improved to Borough standards connecting the public street pavement and approved parking locations on the private property the driveway serves. A driveway shall be considered an approved parking location if constructed to Borough requirements for such approved parking locations.
GRASS SURFACE
A natural ground surface, whether maintained as a lawn or not, which is not prepared for motor vehicle parking. A gravel surface contained along its edges by railroad ties or similar edging or a block surface allowing grass to penetrate through shall be considered an acceptable parking surface for one- and two-family dwelling lots. Unprepared surfaces leading to erosion and/or tracking of mud onto public streets shall not be considered approved parking locations.[1]
PARKING
The placement of a motor vehicle in a stationary position when the operator is not in or on the vehicle. Parking shall not be construed to include placement of motor vehicles on grass areas for such purposes as cleaning, loading and unloading.
PARKING SPACE
An approved parking location for one motor vehicle according to the Borough's regulations.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, firm, corporation or other entity.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle on private property unless an approved parking location, on a surface other than a grass surface, has been used continually prior to the enactment of this chapter for parking. Grass areas shall not be considered an approved parking location.
[Added 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-08]
A. 
Any Borough resident or any auctioneer conducting an auction within Indiana Borough may request an exemption from § 293-2 so as to permit parking that would otherwise be prohibited by this chapter.
B. 
Any request for an exemption from § 293-2 of this chapter shall be made to the Borough Manager or his designee at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled event.
C. 
At the time the request is made to the Borough Manager or his designee the following information shall be provided:
(1) 
The location of the property for which the request is being made;
(2) 
The nature of the event; and
(3) 
The starting time and ending time of the event.
D. 
Exemptions may be granted at the discretion of the Borough Manager or his designee for auctions, family reunions, picnics, garage sales, and similar events where it can be reasonably expected that there will be a need for additional temporary parking.
Before a building permit can be issued for development of a property, or for the expansion of existing development, or for the change of use of a property, or when a property owner wishes to increase the number of parking spaces on his property, the property owner shall provide the permit officer a scaled drawing of his property showing:
A. 
The location of each proposed parking space and the access to it;
B. 
Proposed surfacing of the lot, including a description of the materials to be used and their depth, and the method of preparing the site to receive them;
C. 
Any earthmoving necessary to level the parking site;
D. 
Method to contain loose materials if the site is not to be paved;
E. 
Method of disposal of excess stormwater runoff on a paved site except for one- and two-family dwellings;
F. 
Location and intensity of any lighting to be used to illuminate the parking site.
Unpaved parking spaces are permitted on lots containing single-family or two-family dwellings. Such unpaved spaces shall be surfaced with shale, crushed limestone, or other material approved by the permit officer. The edges of the surfaced area shall be contained by railroad ties, concrete blocks, the side of a building, or other device that will prevent the scattering of the surfacing material beyond the parking spaces.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $15 together with costs of prosecution; provided, however, each day's violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. Any motor vehicle that is parked in an unauthorized parking location on private property may be removed by towing at the expense of the owner of the vehicle.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 421, Towing.