Winston-Salem sends parking ordinance back for tweaking
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem City Council in a closed session on Monday discussed an ordinance that would ban parking on front lawns.
At the end of the discussion, council members decided to send the ordinance back to a committee for slight changes, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.
The ordinance — as it’s currently written — would subject city residents to a $25 fine for any vehicles, watercraft, campers or trailers that are found parked on their front lawns.
For neighborhoods to qualify as an enforcement area, 70 percent of residents must sign a petition after the ordinance goes into effect.
Nobody who spoke at the closed session liked the ordinance in its current form, the Journal reports. Specific concerns were the 70-percent threshold and the way “neighborhoods” are defined.
South Ward council member Molly Leight also brought up the question of whether tenants should be allowed to sign a neighborhood’s petition.