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Oakwood considers restricting parking in front yards
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Oakwood Planning Commission

What: Discussion of changing city code to limit the number of cars residents can park at their home.
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle

Oakwood wants front yards, not car graveyards, in its neighborhoods.

City officials are proposing a change to city code that limits the number of vehicles residents can park in their front yards to four and requires residents to park them on either concrete or asphalt.

Residents are permitted two additional parking places in the rear of a home.

The code change particularly targets residents who keep cars parked, including broken-down ones, in streets, front yards, “driveways and everywhere else,” Mayor Lamar Scroggs said Sunday.

“We’re not trying to stop people from having a gathering or party,” he said. “That’s just a one-time deal.”

The Oakwood Planning Commission is set to consider the matter at its monthly meeting, planned for 7 p.m. today at Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

The commission can only make recommendations to the Oakwood City Council, which has the final say on matters.

The proposed changes are part of an ordinance, which requires a public hearing and two votes of approval before it can be enforced.

The ordinance also bans parking or storage of recreational vehicles on vacant residential lots.

In residentially zoned areas, recreational equipment, such as boats, boat trailers, travel trailers, RVs, pick-up campers or coaches, motor homes, tent trailers may be parked or stored only in side or rear yards, carports or in an enclosed building.

Parking or storage of commercial vehicles also is banned on any vacant residential lot, and residents can’t park or store commercial vehicles or school buses in front yards in residential areas.

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