Council mulls new parking ordinance

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AHEAD OF SCHEDULE — Reconstruction of the Austin Street Bridge, financed by the City of Fredericksburg, will be completed by the end of October, several weeks ahead of the original Nov. 20 projected completion date. The $412,000 project is being constructed by contractor BPI Environmental Services, Inc. of Austin. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

Concerned with an increase in complaints regarding trailers, boats and other heavy machinery left in front yards and on streets across town, the Fredericksburg City Council began discussions for an ordinance to regulate parking of large vehicles in residential and commercial areas during their regular meeting Monday.

No action was taken on the proposed ordinance, which will be revised by city staff before the council takes up the ordinance again at a later meeting.

 

Proposed ordinance

According to the proposed ordinance, city-wide parking should be limited to parking in front yards on proper surfaces or in side yards only where the vehicle is screened and on a proper surface.

Loading and unloading, as well as parking for construction projects during daylight hours, would be exempted uses.

In residential areas, no tractors, trailers or boats would be allowed unless enclosed or screened or parked for no more than 48 hours for servicing.

“Once I started going out around town and looking, it’s unbelievable what you’ll find,” city code enforcement officer Annette Loth said.

Loth presented a series of examples to the council of situations where large RVs, trailers and boats had been parked and unmoved from city streets and driveways for as much as three years.

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