HOA says man's pickup is not classy enough

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by By STEVE STOLER / WFAA-TV

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:54 AM

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FRISCO If there is one thing Texans are serious about, it's pickup trucks.

Now one North Texas man says his truck is being targeted, simply because his homeowners' association doesn't think it's classy enough.

Jim Greenwood never dreamed his HOA would have a problem with his new pickup. After all, about 30 percent of all Texans drive similar vehicles.

Then, he received the first of three notices threatening him with fines.

The notice says: "Mr. Greenwood, you're violating a subdivision rule that prohibits pickup trucks in your driveway."

Stonebriar HOA board members changed the rules, making exceptions for several luxury trucks, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Honda Ridgeline and Lincoln Mark LT.

But most Ford, Dodge or Chevy pickups are still not allowed on driveways overnight.

"It's very frustrating and confusing," Greenwood said. "It's hard to imagine how an HOA would try to dictate what type of vehicle you can drive and park in your driveway"

Bill Osborn, the chairman of the Stonebriar HOA board, said they also prohibit boats, trailers, golf carts and RVs in driveways.

"The high-end vehicles that are allowed are plush with amenities and covers on the back," Osborn said. "It doesn't look like a pickup. It's fancier."

Greenwood appealed, claiming his F-150 isn't much different from the Lincoln Mark LT.

"The response was, 'It's our belief that Lincoln markets to a different class of people,'" Greenwood said. "Furthermore, one board member told my wife, that if we don't like it, we can move."

The HOA chairman said many Stonebriar homeowners own pickup trucks, but they abide by the rules and keep them parked in their garages.

"A Chevy suburban can be in the driveway. If we had a big Hummer, that could be the driveway. If we had a Lincoln Mark LT, that could be in the driveway. But a Ford F-150 can't. That doesn't make sense," Greenwood said.

McKinney Ford dealer Bob Tomes agrees.

He says in Texas, truck owners should have the right to park their pickups on their driveways, even in a gated community.

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