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Planning and Zoning passes amendment to ban parking on lawns in historic neighborhoods

Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning passed an amendment on Monday, Dec. 11 to prohibit parking on lawns in locally registered historic neighborhoods/Evan Watson (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- On Monday, Dec. 11 Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning passed an amendment to prohibit parking in front yards in Macon's locally registered historic neighborhoods.

The affected neighborhoods include Vineville Historic District, Intown, Downtown and Cherokee Heights.

Lars Anderson, the applicant for this amendment and representative of the Vineville Neighborhood Association, said that he's lived in the area for 25 years and has discussed making efforts to put this rule in place for 15 years.

"It's our firm belief that these historic districts are what make Macon special," Anderson said.

Anderson said that the neighborhood association was in favor of the amendment for three prominent reasons:

  1. To have continuity throughout the neighborhood and ensure that everyone is following the same rules and guidelines
  2. To make the neighborhood a safer place. Anderson said that when cars are parked on lawns, visibility from the street is not always clear and it can be difficult to see where vehicles are coming from.
  3. To maintain the historic status of the neighborhood and improve its aesthetics.

Anderson said that the neighborhood association expects enforcement and will be assisting by educating homeowners on the new rules.

Jim Thomas, Director of Planning and Zoning, said that his group was presented with this issue almost a year ago, but when the application came through, they looked into it more seriously.

Thomas said that members of Planning and Zoning then drove through the area and noticed the problem themselves. He acknowledges that enforcement could be difficult but said it was an issue that Planning and Zoning found viable enough to pass.

"It will be a challenge, obviously we're short-staffed and we currently have two inspectors for the entire county that cover all zoning violations." Thomas said.

The new ruling is meant for permanent parking situations rather than one-time offenses.




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