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Residents aim to change neighborhood parking rules

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some people who live in an Albany neighborhood are tired of a couple of neighbors parking cars in their front yards. So, they asked the city to put a stop to it.

City commissioners tentatively approved a ban on parking on "unimproved surfaces" in the 1700 block of Marbury Lane and the 2000 block of Lullwater Road on Tuesday.

They will take a final vote at their next meeting.

This is the first time anyone has taken advantage of a new ordinance that allows a majority of residents in a neighborhood to prohibit yard parking.

Last year commissioners chose that option over an all-out ban.

Here is part of the text of the proposal:

ARTICLE VIII. PARKING OF VEHICLES ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Sec. 36-210. Purpose. The purpose of this article is to regulate the parking of vehicles or equipment on any surface that is not an improved surface in the front or side yard areas of an improved single-family residential lot to prevent damage to underground infrastructure that would be caused by the weight of vehicles parked over such infrastructure and which would also result in unsightly and permanent damage to such areas, thereby having a negative effect on the aesthetics of single-family residential areas affected by such practices and the property values of residences in those affected areas.

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