Whitehall residents who have a few extra wheels on their hands may have to take a closer look at how they store their vehicles.

Whitehall residents who have a few extra wheels on their hands may have to take a closer look at how they store their vehicles.

City Council is considering legislation that will prohibit the parking of motor vehicles, boats or trailers on backyard lawns.

Current city code prohibits parking of motor vehicles, boats or trailers on surfaces not designed for parking in the front or side lots of residences or apartments.

But pending legislation amends city code to extend the parking prohibition to backyards as well.

The ordinance was scheduled for a second reading Tuesday, July 19, and is slated for a third and final reading Aug. 2.

Council President Jim Graham described the legislation as a proactive council initiative that was not the result of complaints.

"It is something we have discussed among ourselves," said Graham, adding he has seen boats and vehicles in the backyards of residences that appear to "have been there for a long time."

Graham said he would not want to live next door to a residence where boats or vehicles are stored for extended periods of time.

"This legislation will make it easier for our code-enforcement officers to address these kinds of things," he said.

The administration, including Mayor Kim Maggard and Service Director Zach Woodruff, said it will support council's effort.

"If this is what council wants, we will do it," Maggard said.

Woodruff said he prepared the legislation at the request of City Council.

"Council asked for it," he said, adding he worked with City Attorney Michael Bivens to amend the code.

The administration has proposed companion legislation, Woodruff said, that limits the amount of area a resident is permitted to pave in a backyard.

"We obviously don't want people paving their whole backyard," Woodruff said.

A maximum of 10 percent of a residential lot, up to 1,000 square feet, may be paved, he said.

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