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Raleigh leaders approve front-yard parking ban

Posted June 19, 2012 12:36 p.m. EDT
Updated June 19, 2012 6:56 p.m. EDT

— 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.