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NLR sets date to ban gravel surfaces in restrictive parking districts

If you live in a restricted parking district district in North Little Rock, the city has decided to give you a Christmas present in less than four years.

On Dec. 22, 2018, people living in those districts will no longer be allowed to have gravel parking surfaces.

The change is a result of an ordinance adopted by the North Little Rock City Council on March 24.

According to Ordinance 2014-18, district residents may keep their gravel parking surfaces until that date; however, for anyone who doesn’t already have one, don’t put one in now, thinking it’s legal.

“Parking Surface is any improved surface that is stabilized and provides appropriate dust control and limited permeability including surfaces such as pavers, concrete, asphalt or other similar parking material,” reads the ordinance. “When applying this Regulation, gravel or similar aggregate is not considered a proper parking surface; except that, until Dec. 22, 2018, gravel or similar aggregate shall be deemed a proper parking surface for those property owners located in a restricted parking district.”

According to Matthew W. Fleming, Deputy City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock, the change will not impact all city households.

“Gravel parking surfaces are legal and will continue to be legal in any area that is not in a restrictive parking district,” Fleming said.

The council add some restrictions to people wanting gravel parking surfaces in the districts until December 2018, including:

1. The gravel surface was installed prior to the formation of the restricted parking district; and

2.It is no more than twenty 20 feet in width and used for the limited purpose of a driveway.

According to the ordinance, city officials felt it necessary to set the December 2018 deadline to give district residents time to adjust to the change.

“It is hereby found and determined that there is a need to allow property owners in restricted parking districts additional time in which to correct any deficiencies on improper parking surfaces located on front and side yards of their properties, thereby reducing financial hardships to affected owners in correcting such improper parking surfaces,” reads the ordinance.

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