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File #: 15-21459    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Policy Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/20/2023 In control: City Council Business Meeting
On agenda: 11/13/2023 Final action:
Title: Chapter 14 Ordinance Revisions
Attachments: 1. Ch 14 Proposed Ordinance Revisions
Chapter 14 Ordinance Revisions

Approve the proposed amendments to Chapter 14 of the City Code.

Staff Resource(s):
Debbie Smith, Transportation
Lisa Flowers, City Attorney's Office
Rebecca Hefner, Housing & Neighborhood Services

* A Quality-of-Life Team (Team) was convened as an extension to the broader SAFE Charlotte initiative adopted by City Council.
* The Team consists of a group of city departments that pool resources and expertise to address issues that residents repeatedly bring to staff and Council.
* Current areas of focus are commercial truck parking, illegal parking, and litter.
* Illegal parking and truck parking emerged as top concerns for many residents who contacted their Council representative and city staff asking for action.
* Code Enforcement and the Charlotte Department of Transportation have distributed educational windshield flyers on vehicles parked in bike lanes and illegally parked semi-trucks.
* The Team identified opportunities to clarify ordinance language and heard from the community that current citation amounts are not enough to deter continued infractions.
* The Team reviewed city ordinance language as part of its research and found areas in Chapter 14 where text updates would provide better opportunity to manage these resident concerns and safety related issues.
* City Council received a presentation from the Quality-of-Life Team regarding the team's work and the proposed ordinance changes at their Action Review meeting on September 25, 2023.
* Public comments were received by Council on October 23, 2023.
* Chapter 14 proposed Ordinance revisions will be effective immediately upon approval.

Ordinance Revisions
* Proposed revisions to the Chapter 14 ordinances as drafted will:
* Provide clarification to terms:
* Change "Trucks" to "Vehicles",
* Change "drive or" to "drive, stop, stand, or park", and
* Add Americans with Disabilities Act standards to exceptions.
* Align definition...

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