City council considers yard parking ban

January 14, 2009 11:56:23 AM PST
Houston city council members say they're constantly receiving complaints from people about eyesores in their neighborhood.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The Houston City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would ban residents from parking their cars, boats and trailers on front lawns. But it's not the first time the topic has come up. An effort to keep people from parking vehicles on their lawns failed in 2007.

However, the current ordinance up for a vote wouldn't automatically apply to the entire city. Civic associations will be allowed to opt in to this ordinance by a vote of its residents.

"Just the amount of blight in some of my neighborhoods tend to have several cars parked in the front yards. It leaves ruts," said council member James Rodriguez. "You have oil leaking into the ground. It really tears up the ditches and in some other neighborhoods, (vehicles) also block the sidewalks. So we want to make sure we get people parking in their driveways or on the street properly."

For those who don't belong to a homeowners association or a civic club, an application can still be made by way of mapping out a specific area, and the people within that area making an application. Residents could also protest to the city about having their neighborhood included in such an ordinance.

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