No Parking for Most Denison Yards


9-19-06 - The city of Denison is getting tough on code enforcement – passing a new ordinance that restricts residents from parking cars, boats and trailers on anything but paved driveways and streets. The ordinance, passed Monday night, is an attempt to clean up littered front and side yards.

It's just the latest step in an effort to change the way parts of the city look. Starting January 1st, residents in Denison could face a fine if they park cars, boats, trailers or other vehicles anywhere but a paved driveway.

The city recently approved a $50,000 portion of their budget aimed at cleaning up right of ways.

There are two officers who enforce city ordinances. The city says they'll have those officers get the word out about the new residential parking rules before they go into effect in January. The maximum fine for violating the ordinance would be $500.

Here is a copy of the ordinance in question:

ORDINANCE NO. 4373

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DENISON, TEXAS AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF DENISON BY ADDING A NEW SECTION TO CHAPTER 28 OF SAID CODE TO PROHIBIT THE UNAUTHORIZED PARKING OF VEHICLES IN FRONT OR SIDE YARDS IN RESIDENTIALLY ZONED DISTRICTS, PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY AND FINDING AND DETERMINING THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE IS ADOPTED TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

WHEREAS, parking vehicles, boats, and other means of conveyance on grassy areas can, individually and collectively, contribute to erosion and the degradation of land surfaces and streams, increased water runoff and localized flooding; and

WHEREAS, vehicles, boats and other means of conveyance may create traffic hazards by obstructing views of motorists traversing the streets of the city; and

WHEREAS, the aesthetic quality of the city suffers when vehicles, boats and other means of conveyance are parked on front or side yards in areas other than on designated and approved parking; and

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to preserve its residential districts in their most compatible condition so as to preserve the quality of neighborhoods within the city; now, therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DENISON, TEXAS:

SECTION 1: That the Code of Ordinances of the City of Denison, Texas be, and is hereby, amended by adding a new section, such section to be numbered and read as follows:

Section 28-186. Certain off-street parking prohibited.

“(a) Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following definitions apply unless otherwise stated:

“Vehicle” shall mean automobile, truck, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, boat, motor home, truck camper, travel trailer, tent trailer, camping trailer, motorized dwelling, fifth wheel, mobile home, house trailer, trailer, semi-trailer, horse trailer, airplane glider, off-highway motor vehicle, snowmobile, sand buggy, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle, tractor, implement of husbandry, special mobile equipment, or any other major recreational equipment or motorized equipment.

(b) Prohibition. Except as may be permitted in compliance with Section 28-185 of this Chapter, no person shall park a vehicle on any part of a front or side residential yard other than on a paved driveway or any other hard-surfaced or impervious area that is normally considered the driveway area of the lot, provided that the parking area meets the requirements of this chapter and all other applicable law.”

SECTION 2. That this ordinance shall become effective on and after January 1, 2007.

SECTION 3. That it is hereby officially found and determined that the meeting at which this ordinance was passed was open to the public as required by law, and that public notice of the time, place, and purpose of said meeting was given all as required by Section 551.041, Texas Government Code.

AND IT IS SO ORDERED.

On motion by Councilman Greenleaf, seconded by Councilman Johnson, the above and foregoing ordinance was passed and approved on this the 18th day of September, 2006, by the following vote:

Ayes: All present voted aye.
Nays:
Abstentions:

At regular meeting September 18, 2006.

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ROBERT BRADY, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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Nina Jones, City Clerk

APPROVED:

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Tom Akins, City Attorney


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