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Raleigh to hold public hearing on front-yard parking debate

Posted July 21, 2009 6:18 a.m. EDT

— 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.