Council tables action on new parking rules

By Matt Ward —

Amid ongoing concerns about private property rights, the Fredericksburg City Council delayed taking action on a proposed parking ordinance during their regular meeting Monday.

“We’ve got an awful lot of people in the community that are concerned about work vehicles and trailers, people who are concerned about their property rights and what they can or can’t do on their own property,” councilman Tim Dooley said. “I think they have some legitimate concerns. I think we are trying to get to a point where we are trying to legislate common sense.”

Originally proposed in October, a revised version of the ordinance presented to the council on Monday focused primarily on regulating parking on city streets and not on private residences and businesses.

Despite the changes, council members agreed to postpone a vote on the ordinance before holding a public hearing on the matter, tentatively scheduled for January.

“There’s several versions of the ordinance floating around out there. I think there might be some confusion and it would give us a chance to clarify that,” councilman Gary Neffendorf said. “By taking a little time, nothing changes from today until tomorrow.”

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