Norcross to regulate number of cars parked in driveways

NORCROSS - City Council members voted unanimously Monday to begin regulating the number of vehicles that can be legally parked outside residences.

As of Monday, in any residential district, the parking of any vehicle is prohibited except on an improved asphalt, concrete or other hard-surfaced driveway or parking pad.

Under the changes to the ordinance, there may be no more vehicles parked or stored than there are legally licensed drivers residing in a home. Regulations have also been imposed on the parking and storing of watercraft and recreational vehicles.

City resident Faye McFarland asked council members what residents should do when parking violations take place after city code enforcement officers are off duty. City manager Warren Hutmacher said city police officers are authorized to answer code violation calls at any time day or night.

Residences located in the city's DCD (Design Concept District) zoning are not subject to the new regulations because of the mixed use of land and potentially higher density in that district.

Stidd honored for service

Norcross Police Chief Dallas Stidd was honored Monday for 20 years of employment with the Police Department. Stidd began in 1988 as a police officer and was named chief a few years ago.

"I've always said, 'If you ever find a job you love, you never have to go to work,'" said Stidd upon receiving a framed certificate of recognition from Mayor Bucky Johnson.

Zoning notifications

procedure changed

City leaders gave the OK to city staff to change the way residents and property owners are notified of city-initiated mass rezonings.

Community planning and development staff had requested that they be allowed to notify property owners of proposed mass rezonings by mail rather than by placing a rezoning sign on every parcel of land affected by the rezoning.

This request was brought about by the impending finalization of the city's overlay districts. According to city planner Howard Koontz, the task of placing a rezoning notification sign on what could be more than 400 parcels of land at once is an arduous one.

When residents raised concerns about rezonings taking place without their knowledge, Hutmacher stepped in to say that every rezoning case is different. In some cases, it would be appropriate to notify property owners and their neighbors by mail of the city's intent to rezone. In some cases, notification via the city Web site or by city-wide mailing would be appropriate.

"The intent is to notify as many people as we can based on the circumstances," said Hutmacher.