UP Council Says ‘Get Off My Lawn’

Last night, University Park City Council members debated changes to regulations on garage sales.

Three modifications were proposed: the first would allow two sales a year, as opposed to two days a year, so you can take full advantage of a weekend sale. Next, a space on the city website would allow residents to advertise a registered sale, and minimize problems with too many yard signs. The third change would allow sales in front driveways or patios. Right now, sales are only allowed in back driveways or patios. That’s where things got hairy.

“I just don’t think that this is going to improve our neighborhood,” Mayor Pro Tem Bob Clark said. “The quality of our neighborhood is sacred.”

The council approved an amended ordinance that left out changes to the back driveway restriction. Look for more details in this week’s paper.

By Sarah Bennett Feb. 20, 2013 | 8:39 am | 5 Comments | Comments RSS
5 comments to "UP Council Says 'Get Off My Lawn'"
  1. Dololly @ February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Thank goodness. We’ve got basketball rims, trampolines and all manner of “yard art” visible on the streets already. Imagine all the junk items from a persons garage left on the front lawn for two days as well. Sheesh.

  2. MGBHStar @ February 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    Can we get all the cars and trucks parked in front of houses banned too? I hate seeing all those 5+ yr old cars.

    In regard to Garage Sales, maybe we should allow HPISD to rent space in the High School parking garage or Middle School parking lots on weekends for people to hold sales. It would be kind of like a high-end Trader’s Village.

  3. Parkie @ February 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    The reason why there are so many cars on the streets is because all the front driveways are taken out when the older homes are torn down. If each house still had the front driveway, or even just part of a driveway, the problem would be solved. With more teardowns on the way, it’s only going to get worse.

  4. grump @ February 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    MGBHStar-Re Garage Sales: Seriously, that is a great idea!!! Our streets become clogged on weekends every time there is a garage sale.
    It won’t happen because it makes sense, but it is a great idea!!!

    Parking in front of houses I have to balk at though. Guilty as charged.

  5. MGBHStar @ February 27, 2013 at 10:25 am
    Perhaps we need a building code change like they did in Austin. In order to get a building permit, you have to show you will provide X number of off-street parking spaces. The number was based on square footage of the residence. i.e. bigger houses had to provide more off-street spaces. UP would also have to step-up ticketing and towing for violators.

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