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Leland requires homeowners to buy a permit to park in front of their own homes. What am I supposed to do if I host my family for the holidays?

Judy Royal
StarNews

Here’s what Leland Town Manger Bill Farris had to say: “The Town of Leland had a long-standing code provision that prohibited parking on public streets before Jan. 21, 2010. At its January meeting, the Town Council adopted a Town Code revision recommended by the Code Rewrite Committee that allows parking on town-maintained rights-of-way by permit issued by the police department. These permits cost $3. Before this amendment to the Town Code, your relatives visiting for the holidays may have been issued a ticket if they parked in the street. Under the old code provision, enforcement was primarily complaint-driven.”

So if you have family visiting, they must have the same permit a resident does to park on a town-maintained street.

Update on Aug. 26, 2010, from Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne:

“Beginning September 1, 2010, the Leland Police Department will begin enforcement of the Town’s parking ordinance.

“The Town of Leland’s parking ordinance states that no vehicles shall be parked on Town streets. The penalty for violating the parking ordinance is set at fifty dollars.

“Violators who receive a parking citation will be able to mail the citation and fine to the Town of Leland or pay it in person at Town Hall. Three day visitor parking permits are available for purchase at Town Hall. These limited use parking passes are still subject to Homeowner’s Restrictive Covenants in your community and can not be used for resident owned cars.

“The Town of Leland parking ordinance can be located on the Town’s website at www.townofleland.com under the Codes and Ordinances link on the left.”

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7 Responses to “ Leland requires homeowners to buy a permit to park in front of their own homes. What am I supposed to do if I host my family for the holidays?”

  1. On July 29, 2010 at 10:18 am Jim Ware wrote:

    Assuming most subdivisions have private roads, the parking permits would not apply. But if for some reason a subdivision did have town-maintained roads, the permits would apply, according to the town manager.
    – Judy Royal

  2. On August 1, 2010 at 9:17 am justin wrote:

    I look forward to seeing all the Leland police officers writing tickets for all the cars parked along Town Hall Drive during the next farmer’s market or municipal election. This is about the silliest ordinance the town has ever adopted.

  3. On August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am Mike Salmon wrote:

    If you lived in a neighborhood with narrow streets, you would be glad of the regulation. Before the streets of our neighborhood were given to the town of Leland, you felt like you were doing the downhill slalom just to go down the street. You couldn’t see the children entering the street from behind parked cars. If cars were parked on both sides it was impossible for emergency vehicles to get through.
    Thanks town of Leland for making our neighborhood better.

  4. On August 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm Just Jamie wrote:

    But the ordinance doesn’t address the problem of the roads being partially blocked by parked vehicles – the new ordinance actually makes it LEGAL to park in the street, if you purchase a permit in advance. The town needs to simply adopt an ordinance that makes on-street parking illegal in neighborhoods where the streets are city maintained. This is nothing more than a money grab by the city, or they would simply make the act of on-street parking illegal in the first place. Think about it – you have to pay $5 for a permit to park in front of your friend’s house for a kiddie’s birthday party or to attend a home visitation following a funeral. C’mon…really?

  5. On August 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    I just updated this answer with new information from Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne. Enforcement starts Sept. 1, 2010.

  6. On September 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm Natalie R. Mallory wrote:

    The required Leland parking permit is not unheard of. In my former home town of Williamsburg, Va., this ordinance has been in effect for years. The difference is the cost of the permit and the the # that you are allowed.
    The permit costs $5 for the property owner and the owner is allowed to purchase three additional permits to have on hand for visitors who come by. The cost may have increased by now since I haven’t lived there in five years. The permits are made of a thick plastic with expiration date and you hang or place it inside your car window. Signs are posted along the street warning people that they must have a parking permit to park there.



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