A controversial ordinance to ban front-yard parking in Huntersville has been delayed to give the town board more time to study the issue.
The controversy started because of hearses parked in the front yard of a property off Pine Knoll Lane in northwest Huntersville. Residents in the vicinity have complained, and the town has also cited the property owners for violating nuisance laws.
But the hearses remain, so the town board Monday night considered the idea of banning all front-yard parking.
Some homeowners already face such a ban, thanks to homeowner association rules in their subdivision. But many older subdivisions, including some approved by the county before Huntersville became incorporated, don't have such guidelines.
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Town board member Ron Julian recommended and the board approved a 60-day delay, allowing the town to get feedback from its residents about the idea.
“I want to know what kind of hardships would be put on residents that we either haven't considered or haven't thought of,” he said. “I want to protect those people's property rights.”
Board member Ken Lucas said Huntersville needed more time to determine what it would enforce and which department would enforce it.
“I didn't see any justice in ramrodding an ordinance through just because of the emotion of what's happening at Pine Knoll,” he said.
Lucas said he's receptive to residents on both sides of the issue and said the planning board should be able to come up with a solution.
The city of Charlotte bans front-yard parking in any residential area. It's not clear whether Huntersville would consider a complete ban.
“Charlotte has a really tough, rigid policy,” Julian said. “I don't think we need that.”