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Lake Saint Louis may change ordinance that limits which vehicles can be parked in driveways

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In  Lake Saint Louis, residents cannot park a commercial vehicle in their driveway. That means any vehicle that is used primarily for business, features signage or carries equipment. Credit: KMOV In Lake Saint Louis, residents cannot park a commercial vehicle in their driveway. That means any vehicle that is used primarily for business, features signage or carries equipment. Credit: KMOV

LAKE SAINT LOUIS  (KMOV.com) – Lake Saint Louis is looking at reworking a decades-long ordinance that puts strict rules on what you can park in your own driveway.

In the St. Charles County city, residents cannot park a commercial vehicle in their driveway. That means any vehicle that is used primarily for business, features signage or carries equipment.

Mayor Kathy Schweikert says she worries the strict rules might be keeping people from moving into Lake Saint Louis. 

“your choices are either you don’t live in the City of Lake Saint Louis or have to store it somewhere else,” she explained.

Schweikert says other cities have similar ordinances but theirs is the most strict.

“I think most everyone will agree a vehicle exceeding 24 feet in length and eight feet in width as defined in other cities shouldn’t be parked in a driveway. Should a Ford F-150 with signage on the door or a ladder rack be prohibited from driveways in Lake Saint Louis?” asked the mayor.

Chris Hermann lives in Lake Saint Louis and each night has to put his power washing truck away in his garage.

“Every night I have to take the ladders off, I have to pull the mirrors in and then pull the truck into the garage,” he said.

The mayor says they do get complaints from residents of people parking in the driveway with lots of signs, they are then handled by the code enforcement office.

George Rich is the president of the Lake Saint Louis Community Association, he also hears from homeowners around the lake.

“It makes the neighborhood look trashy, I’ve heard that several times,” said Rich.

If the city decides to change the ordinance, the Homeowners Association and the Lake Saint Louis Community Association would still be able to use their own rules to restrict commercial vehicles.

Rich said they would likely follow the city’s lead.

“Hopefully we can reduce some of those rules a little bit for those working to make a living but it’s going to be a contentious issue,” said Rich.

Mayor Schweikert says she sees both sides and that’s why she wants to hear from residents.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will take up the issue on December 7.

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