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City Council: We'll Take Another Look At Parking Ordinance

11:10 PM, Jul 16, 2012   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Winston-Salem City Council members will take another look at a controversial ordinance.

On Monday, the city council weighed property rights and everyone's right to a have a voice.

Council members were supposed to vote on an ordinance that would forbid some residents to park their cars in their front yards. However, people still had a lot of questions and concerns.

"I pay taxes on my car. I pay property tax on my house, and now somebody's going to tell me what I can or cannot do on my own property?" said L.B. Tuttle.

"I think they don't have any respect for their neighbors," said Barnes Daniels.

The ordinance, as it stands, would make neighbors responsible for their own neighborhoods.

Neighbors would need to designate an area. Then they would have to get 70 percent of the people living in that area to sign a petition saying they don't want people parking on lawns.

Then the council would have to sign off on it.

However, on Monday, the council voted to send it back to committee, to take another look at it.

Here are just some of the issues:

Who's eligible to sign the petition--renters or just homeowners?

And is it reasonable to say that 70 percent of people in a neighborhood can speak for everybody?

If new people move into a neighborhood, could the ordinance be repealed within a few years?

Who will enforce it?

On Monday, it became very clear that the issue that has the council split.

I may park my car on my lawn in protest," said Councilman Montgomery.

"I believe we have to save our community and make sure that it's always got an aesthetic quality of life. If we're about the city of innovation and arts, you can't have that if you got a city that doesn't look good," said Councilwoman Denise Adams.

Another thing the council needs to consider is if the ordinance passes, are they going to see folks paving or pouring concrete over their front yards so they can scoot around it?

Believe it or not, it is a concern for some council members.

 

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