City Commission Plans Second Reading on Driveway Ordinance
Published May 1st, 2014
GAINESVILLE- An ordinance would requiring driveway access to parking in yard is on the table tonight.
There are several positives that can come out of this ordinance according to Code Enforcement.
If the ordinance passes, residential property owners in the area may be required to submit: a parking plan that includes a curb cut entrance if there is a sidewalk-- clearly marked spots for cars -- and a plan to implement gravel or pavers to prevent erosion in lots that can hold more than four vehicles.
City Code Manager, Chris Cooper says, "it's an issue with public safety, without some of these parking requirements in place we've seen vehicles pulling on and off the roadway in kind of precarious ways."
UF Student Edward Peters says he can sympathize with landlords who want to maintain property, "yeah it makes the property i guess look a little cheaper, but i mean back here you have to find a place to park."
The ordinance has been about three years in the making and affects the University Heights and College Park neighborhoods areas notorious for parking issues.
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