- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Waterloo City Council has given its initial approval to rules limiting parking in front yards despite objections that residents didn’t have a chance to weigh in on the issue.

The council on Monday night narrowly approved the first reading of the ordinance by a 4-3 vote, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1AIKfDk ) reported. Some council members say the measure should have been discussed earlier with a landlord association and neighborhood groups.

The proposed rule would require cars to be parked in the driveway, but would allow residents to add a 10-foot-wide extension to their driveway provided it’s paved with asphalt or concrete.

Council member Ron Welper said the change is aimed at making it easier for code enforcement officers to eliminate unsightly areas where residents have paved or put gravel for parking in their entire front yard.

Several residents, including John Sherbon, objected to the proposal.

“I can’t tell you anybody in my neighborhood is for this,” Sherbon said. “So what are we gaining by doing this?”

Resident and landlord Karen Atwood said it wasn’t fair to change the rules on properties for residents who bought the homes years ago.

“It’s not friendly; it’s not nice,” she said. “We’ve got to be good to our people.”

The proposed changes wouldn’t affect cars parked in side or rear yards and would allow existing homes to install or keep their gravel driveways.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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