Charlotte leaders are set to talk tonight about proposed changes to city ordinances ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
Specific details about the proposed changes were not included in an agenda for tonights city council workshop. But officials say they hope the revisions will protect the First Amendment rights of citizens while providing police with the tools to maintain public order and the safety of the community during special events.
A draft ordinance released last October showed the city was considering banning camping on all city property. It also would bar the possession of "noxious" substances, along with items such as pipes, chains or padlocks if their intended use would be to block a street, sidewalk or building entrance. The city manager would be allowed to make an exception to the camping rule, according to the draft proposal.
Preparations for the DNC have been underway for some time now, but the Occupy Charlotte movement has put an extra spotlight on the city rules on camping in recent months. Some supporters of the movement have camped on the old City Hall lawn since October.
The proposed city ordinance changes follow a review by staff for existing rules on parades, festivals and demonstrations. Staff also researched other cities that have routinely had mass demonstrations or hosted political conventions, according to the council agenda.
According to the agenda, the council is not being asked to make any decisions tonight.
The DNC talk is one of several items on the agenda for tonights council workshop. Other items include a presentation on the citys snow and ice removal plan and a discussion about garbage and recycling pickup at apartments and other multi-family properties.
Read the full agenda at http://bit.ly/sRmWvd
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