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Raleigh leaders discuss proposal to limit front-yard parking

Posted September 15, 2010

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— The debate over front-yard parking in Raleigh continued on Wednesday as the city council's Comprehensive Planning Committee tackled the topic.

The long-running issue has stalled in the City Council over the years.

“We just don’t want to see our residential communities turned into commercial parking lots,” Councilman Thomas Crowder said Wednesday.

A proposed ordinance discussed on Wednesday would ban residents of single-family homes from parking in their front yard.

All visible parked cars would have to be on a driveway, which the ordinance defines as a paved or 4-inch-deep gravel surface with borders.

The ordinance allows homeowners to use 40 percent of their front yard or 425 square feet (about two car spaces), whichever is greater, for parking, as long as the surface meets the code requirements.

Homeowners would have one year to make the necessary improvements.

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City staff told the committee that 2,500 homes would need to make changes to meet these standards. These improvements could cost homeowners between $3,000 and $6,000, staff said.

Jerome Goldberg owns four rental properties near North Carolina State University, where front-yard parking is normal.

“People can’t afford this. We’re in a depression,” Goldberg said. “You can’t just make them spend three, five, six thousand dollars and expect them to swallow this.”

The city of Greensboro banned front yard parking in 2009.

The Raleigh committee wants staff to look into Greensboro's rules and find out exactly how many homeowners would be affected by the proposed ordinance.

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  • Whosays Sep 16, 2010

    If you want to regulate what people park in their yard then you can pay their property taxes.

  • shortcake53 Sep 16, 2010

    We have boats, huge motorhomes, trailers,and golf carts parked in several yards in our neighborhood. Far as I know they have not bothered a soul or blocking anyones view, so whats the problem?

  • oleguy Sep 16, 2010

    I dont have a dog in this fight, But if it is a single family dwelling, I ask how many drivers do they have,
    Now rental property? I have rentals and I always get a list of the family members living there.
    I have seen other rentals with 20 or so trying to live there,
    Thats why I always ask how many in your family? Rentals with college kids will have a lot of cars. The owners should have to supply ample parking. Its a common sense thing and we all know politicans and Govt has none,0, zip, nada

  • levyaj Sep 15, 2010

    "Councilman Thomas Crowder has been on a mission for at least five years to limit parking to driveways". Really think that there are a lot more important issues in this City than Councilman Crowder needs to be making his mission!

  • delilahk2000 Sep 15, 2010

    IF I WERE THESE PEOPLE I WOULD KILL THE GRASS AND TURN THE WHOLE YARD INTO A PARKING SPACE. SEE HOW THEY WOULD DEAL WITH THAT........

  • oldrebel Sep 15, 2010

    Where is the proof for all of these claims that front yard parking lowers property values for everyone else inthe neighborhood.

    Now show where many such homes are alreay underwater due the economy and such homes being way overpriced to begin with.

    All of this hostility toward people parking on their own front lawn is thinly veiled elitism, racism and simply groundless. A self perpetuating fallacy.

  • delilahk2000 Sep 15, 2010

    THESE PEOPLE NEED A LIFE. YOU DO NOT LIKE WHERE MY CAR IS PARKED THEN DON'T LOOK. I AM SO GLAD THAT I LIVE IN THE COUNTRY SO THESE BUSY BODDIES THAT HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO, BUT TELL OTHERS WHAT TO DO. WHEN YOU PAY THEIR BILLS AND TAXES THEN YOU HAVE A SAY. YOU PEOPLE ARE NOTHING BUT BULLIES..THIS STATE HAS A LOT MORE PROBLEMS THAN THIS........WHAT ELSE WILL YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT AFTER THIS? THIS IS LAUGHABLE........

  • braswells22 Sep 15, 2010

    you know, I understand about wanting your neighborhood to look good, but it is just not right that just few folks in the neighborhood complain and get the City Council involved (local government), yet again, at some level we are all being poked and poked by rules, rules, rules, regulations, my house looks bad because you have to many cars in your yard, your house isn't the right color so you have to paint it the color I want it to fit in. Come on. There are a whole lot more moral, ethical, spiritual concerns that need to be addressed. Instead of someone having to complain about cars on the lawn. I already pay out federal taxes, state taxes, social security, medicare, sales tax (food taxes, etc.) Guess what if the council passes this one, where are the funds going to come from to patrol yards. MORE TAXES not to mention the revenue proposed to make driveways larger, or is the city going to make you get rid of cars? Folks are already stretched as it is. When is this going to stop?

  • levyaj Sep 15, 2010

    This is something that HOA sould regulate and NOT the city! Many older Raleigh neighborhoods have narrow roads & no parking on the streets because cars cannot get by if there are cars parked on them. The city should have more important things to worry about than a property owner allowing cars to be parked on THEIR OWN front yard!

  • WRALblows Sep 15, 2010

    While I'm no TeaGuy, this is precisely the type of pointless government intervention I'd like to see go away. The people who like this type of ordinance are the same ones happy to have home owners dues. You know, writing a monthly check for someone to tell you how long your grass can be and what color you can paint your shutters.

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