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New Waco ordinance to outlaw on-street parking of oversized vehicles

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Soon parking your boats, trailers or other oversized vehicles on the street could be illegal. That's if a new Waco street-parking ordinance is passed. City leaders got public input on the possible changes Tuesday night.

The city and Waco police say the current ordinance needs to be modernized. The current street-parking regulations haven't been updated in 14 years and police say it's time, though not everyone agrees.

Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman says they get several complaints a week.

“Often what we’ll get is within a neighborhood and we get maybe two or three of these a week,” says Stroman. “A neighbor will park a vehicle in front of the neighbor’s house and under existing law there’s very little we can do.”

If the ordinance is passed, oversized vehicles will have to be parked in the driveway unless loading or unloading. RV and camper owners would only be able to park on the street for limited periods of time.

Waco resident and RV owner Michael Olmstead says some of the proposed changes aren’t realistic.

"The ordinance would make it extremely tough prior to travel for a trip,” says Olmstead. “So, I hope the ordinance would be altered or dropped all together because five hours is simply not enough time to prepare.”

Waco police say it's not just an eyesore, it's also a public safety concern. Some residents are worried the new code will just force more cars out onto the street.

“A passenger vehicle is going to be smaller in size and it’s not going to create the sight restrictions and obstructions that we have with a commercial vehicle," says Chief Stroman.       

But one resident says the city needs to pump the breaks on the new regulations.

“I’m concerned that the ordinance may not be necessary all together,” says Olmstead.  

The ordinance still has to be passed by the city council before it can go into effect.

Click here to read the full Street-Parking Ordinance
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