Raleigh city council bans front yard parking
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RALEIGH -- Many residents in Southwest Raleigh will have to find a new place to park their car.
The Raleigh City Council approved an ordinance banning people from parking cars on their front lawns Tuesday. The ordinance is stirring up mixed reaction from the community.
What some call an eyesore is now illegal in parts of Raleigh.
“They shouldn't be parked in front yards, it doesn't make the city look good,” said Valerie Rodriguez.
It's an issue some residents in southwest Raleigh have been fighting for years.
“I could see how it would be good to clear the yards and beautify the neighborhood by not having the cars in the yard, but at the same it's an inconvenience for people who have to go out and get a parking permit,” said Christina Foster.
Opponents said front yard parking helps curb cuts to their wallet. Many streets in the neighborhood near N.C. State require parking permits that cost about $30 per year.
Otherwise, residents must have a defined border, pavement, or crushed stone as a driveway.
“The right thing to do is to buy a permit, but a lot of people will forgo that and end up getting tickets,” said Foster.
Meanwhile, others said the front yard parking comes with the territory.
“It is a college town. If you choose to live in this area directly around the university it's one of the things you have to live with,” Hal Meeks said.
The ban is not city-wide, but any neighborhood can implement the policy. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on Sept. 4.