As Gardendale progresses and markets itself as a wonderful place to live, work and play, the City is set to add teeth to an old ordinance dealing with parking inoperable vehicles.
Recently, Gardendale Inspection Superintendent Blake Castleberry asked the Planning & Zoning Commission to favorably recommend a change to the City of Gardendale Ordinance No. 2013-02 that relates to “Parking Prohibitions.”
The current Ordinance at section 9.5.1 states:
The keeping of an inoperative motor vehicle shall be within a fully enclosed building or structure or be completely screened or shielded from public view. Moreover, no inoperative motor vehicle shall be parked on any public street or public right-of-way.
The proposed change from the Inspection Department is as follows:
The keeping of an inoperative motor vehicle shall be screened from view from all
public or private street rights-of-way by virtue of storage within an enclosed building or
being screened by privacy fence, topography and/or vegetation. Moreover, no inoperative motor vehicle shall be parked on any public street or public right-of-way.
The new language will give the City the ability to act upon residents where inoperable cars are sitting in the front of a home or business, for example, and become an eyesore for neighbors or the community.
The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended the change to the language and now the final decision will be made at the October 16th Gardendale City Council meeting.