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Friday, January 13, 2017

Nashville Introduces Ordinance to Disallow Parking on Sidewalks - photos included!

Great news for Nashville thanks to both Council Members Burkley Allen and Kathleen Murphy!  


Parking on sidewalks is already illegal (but not fully respected as photos show below) but now we have an ordinance amending Metro Laws prohibiting vehicles parked on the grassy median strip.  

You may wonder, was this necessary?   
Unfortunately, in Nashville,  it is.   




This is not exactly parking on the sidewalk but the bumpers are pulled so far forward, it blocks the sidewalk just the same




This kind of parking (on the green buffer) is no longer allowed.  You can see where a prior driver parked on the buffer, scraping away the grass, and dragging mud into the road.  




You can help!  
If you see a car parked on a sidewalk or the grassy median between the road and the sidewalk, call it in 

Non-emergency line at:  615-862-8600



http://www.nashville.gov/mc/ordinances/term_2015_2019/bl2017_561.htm


ORDINANCE NO. BL2017-561
An ordinance amending section 12.40.040 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws regarding prohibited locations for stopping, standing and parking vehicles.


WHEREAS, parking a vehicle on a sidewalk is expressly prohibited under the Metropolitan Code of Laws, section 12.40.040.A.1.b; and

WHEREAS, parking a vehicle in the grassy median located between a sidewalk and roadway often destroys the underlying grass or other vegetation, contributes to an unsightly appearance, and can pose safety risks to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County that stopping, standing or parking of vehicles upon such locations be prohibited.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That section 12.40.040 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following as subsection A.1.c and re-numbering the remaining subsections thereafter as necessary:

12.40.040 - Stopping, standing or parking — Prohibited locations. 

A. Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with regulation of the directions of a police officer or official traffic-control device, no person shall: 

1. Stop, stand or park a vehicle: 
c. Upon any median, buffer strip, planting strip or landscape strip located between a sidewalk and roadway,

Section 2. That this Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it. 

Sponsored by: Kathleen Murphy, Burkley Allen 


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 
Introduced: January 17, 2017 
Passed First Reading:
Referred to:Planning Commission - Approved
Budget & Finance Committee
Planning, Zoning & Historical Committee
Public Works Committee
Passed Second Reading:
Passed Third Reading:
Approved:
By:
Next Consideration: January 17, 2017

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