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Raleigh leaders approve front-yard parking ban

Posted June 19, 2012

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— Raleigh city leaders on Tuesday approved an ordinance that would prohibit people in certain parts of the city from parking their vehicles in front yards.

For years, the City Council has discussed a citywide ban but has never been able to reach a decision.

The vote Tuesday is a compromise that will concentrate on certain areas, such as southwest Raleigh near North Carolina State University.

That's where the city has seen some of its worst offenders, partially because of the number of college students renting homes in neighborhoods where parking on the street requires a city permit.

Neighborhoods across the city would also be allowed to use the ordinance to regulate parking.

The City Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 4 for residents to give their input.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council heard a report from city staff about overhauling Capital Boulevard – many parts of which have become rundown or are prone to flooding.

Among the $60 million in improvements is widening Capital Boulevard to six lanes for the entire stretch between Interstate 440 and downtown and adding new interchanges at Peace Street and Wade Avenue.

City leaders also approved a plan to add bike lanes to three sections of Oberlin Road – from Groveland to Clark avenues; from Bedford Avenue to Mayview Road; and Wilshire Avenue to Colonial Road.


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  • logitech Jun 21, 2012

    They should refine the ruling to Rental homes only.

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 21, 2012

    Do some of you negative (I'll do what I want) posters not want to take any pride in your community? If you want to live like pigs, move to a farm, far, far away from people who want to be neat. Sometimes we need to think of others and how our behavior and what we can live with affects them.

  • common tater Jun 20, 2012

    For all of you that don't mind our capital looking like East LA...not to worry. Like a lot of the HOA rules, this will be shot down by some liberal judge eventually. The reality is that as the population grows, and more of us live in close proximity, and our actions DO impact others' home value and quality of life, we need some rules to live by. As for annexation, if you don't want it, fine. Then start paying extra for ANY service, infrastructure, amenities, access to jobs, etc you utilize, that the town and it's citizens help pay for.

  • tran Jun 20, 2012

    There are 35,000 students at NCSU. They are all concentrated into a small area. Of course they are going to park in yards. So why is this an issue? Because of real estate speculators who are buying up properties near Hillsborough Street, tearing down the old houses on them and building fancy new houses. Once they move in, they start complaining about the older rental properties around them driving down the value of their "investment". They don't see themselves as speculators, just concerned homeowners. They want to live real close to the university but not be bothered by the students.

  • lsr67 Jun 20, 2012

    I would like to see a map of hte "certain Parts" of the city.

  • southerntalent Jun 20, 2012

    Great,now whom do we complain to about the rental properties that do it

    why do people want to mess up a front yard by parking all over it,the rental properties are usually the demise of a neighborhood

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 20, 2012

    How DARE the city make it a CRIME to park a car on PRIVATE property!!!!! I agree with another poster.... Gravel the entire property, then there will be no yard to park on..

  • greg69innc Jun 20, 2012

    Record Unemployment, more homelessness, more foreclosures, more people on food stamps, thousands of jobs lost every month, families going down the tubes....And these people are concerned about their neighborhood image? Give me a break. :(

  • kermit60 Jun 20, 2012

    Gravel or pave the whole yard. Then is no yard left to not park in.

  • carolinaflyboy72 Jun 20, 2012

    I fully agree that parking too many cars in a poorly maintained yard is trashy. BUT, that really shouldn't be a crime. I don't like the appearance of certain people, but I don't think it should be illegal for them to be out in public. If you have chosen to buy property knowing there are close neighbors, then you need to have accepted that you might not like what they do on their property. Take responsibility for your own decisions and stop trying to make others behave in a way that suits you. If you don't want to deal with other people, then you shouldn't have bought property in a high-density house farm.