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Raleigh to hold public hearing on front-yard parking debate

Posted July 21, 2009

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— The debate over front-yard parking in Raleigh shifts back into gear Tuesday night. The long-running issue has stalled in city council over the years, but some neighbors are calling for a resolution.

A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

Councilman Thomas Crowder has been on a mission for at least five years to limit parking to driveways.

“It is a very large eyesore,” Crowder said in a 2007 interview. “We have to deal with the quality of life and environmental issues that are attached to that.”

The proposal would ban residents from parking directly in front of their house. If their parking space faces the side property line, they have to put up some landscaping.

However, residents would have some wiggle room. If they can’t park in the driveway, the proposed ordinance would allow them to use 40 percent of their front yard or 330 square feet (about two car spaces), whichever is less.


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  • Duke _Nukem Jul 24, 2009

    I don't like seeing vehicles parked in the front yard, but I remember when this was a free country and u could do that without fear of government telling u what u can and cant' do. When I was moving into my house many years ago and literally had the uhaul in the front yard unloading it, my neighbor was nice enough to come over to me and TELL me that I can't leave my kids bicycles and toys out in the front yard because we have a covenant against it. I told him where I would put one of my kids bicycles if he didn't get off my property.

  • iron fist Jul 21, 2009

    If I paid for the yard I should be allowed to park there, but not have a used car lot

  • BE Jul 21, 2009

    Having had folks who lived next door park numerous cars in their front yard on a regular basis, I am in favor of banning all front yard parking unless the cars are parked in a driveway or on an appropriate parking pad. In R4 residential areas, allowing two cars to be parked in the front yard in addition to those parked in a driveway kind of defeats the purpose of the ordinance in most cases.

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Jul 21, 2009

    We have neighbors in our subdivision (HOA) who park in the yard. They have one tree in the front yard and that's where two of the cars park - "for the shade", LOL. They have a beautiful home, two car garage, two cars, 1 suv, 1 truck. The garage is crammed full of stuff so no cars can park in there - makes no sense. Garages provide excellent shade and definitely protect car exteriors. Why do some home owners think that it's OK to impose on others, drag down property values by not conforming. What's wrong with going along with the rules so that everyone benefits? Seems really selfish, stupid and immature to me.

  • just1comment Jul 21, 2009

    I live in a neighborhood where most of the people parking in their yards are students who are packing as many folks as possible into a rental property. I have no problem with that, but they shouldn't be allowed more vehicles than they have appropriate parking spaces for. I walk most places, and often find the sidewalk blocked with vehicles. Driving and parking in the yard also causes extreme erosion problems which make the sidewalk dangerous. This does affect me on a daily basis. I agree a little responsibility on the part of the landlord and the tennants would fix the problem - but so far they don't seem to be taking responsibility!

  • Like It TI is Jul 21, 2009

    Come on people; the gov't shouldn't tell people what to do if doesn't affect others physically. With that said, people have to be mindful of the appearance of their homes. We don't need a law, just responsibility.

  • tarheelskier Jul 21, 2009

    The gov't is not there to tell us where to park and where we can keep our junk..... IT IS OURS!! We should be able to do with it what we want.

  • blisstate Jul 21, 2009

    10 years serving on an HOA in Raleigh,I understand how complex parking issues are and how they effect the quality of life in a community. HOAs, homeowners and their quest are the victims of of poor Raleigh City Planning and these planners are 100% the problem. The planners planned the streets, parking, building permits, landscaping requirements, etc.... As usual this is about money and privilege. You will only see inadequate parking, skinny streets, and one car driveways in low income or blue collar neighborhoods.

  • showed up late Jul 21, 2009

    Great idea, let's get all cars parked on the roads. I can see if one has a 'lawn ornament', that is a different issue. But to just park the car in ones own yard? Big brother is tighening his grip.

  • speedy Jul 21, 2009

    wcumon: I don't know who the target is, could you explain further what backing into a spot means?