Midland City Council Decides on Parking Ordinance

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland City Council met on Tuesday morning to discuss whether or not cars should be cited for parking on front lawns.

Council members chose to amend the existing city code so as to prohibit cars parking in the front lawn of any residential property.

However, there were some council members who felt other exceptions should be considered, like if streets are too narrow to park on, or if the person is disabled.

With that in mind, council members agreed to have the issue analyzed and have a public hearing within the next 60 days before making a final decision.

Some people NewsWest 9 spoke to say they hope City Council will make the right choice on a heated issue.

"We support the City Council's decision to allow the planning department to look into the issue first and then let public speak. I hope they come out with a decision that will benefit both sides," Larry Hatfield with the Permian Basin Board of Realtors, said.

Since 2005, more than 215 citations were given to people parking on their front lawns.

The new ordinance could be in effect by March of next year.

by Diane Tuazon