Renters in Winston-Salem Get Say in On-Street Parking Decisions

Winston-Salem’s tightening its procedures for citizens to request bans for on-street parking and renters will be allowed to weigh in. From the Winston-Salem Journal:

Under the old rules, adjacent property owners could request that on-street parking be banned on their streets. If fire, police and city transportation officials agreed, the signs could go up and the on-street parking would end…

At the Sept. 9 committee meeting, Council Member James Taylor proposed that for rental properties the tenant and owner each get one vote. For properties occupied by the homeowners, the owner would get two votes. That motion passed, with Taylor and Council Member Dan Besse in favor, Council Member Robert Clark opposed and Council Member Derwin Montgomery abstaining…

When the issue came before the council Sept. 15, Clark proposed a substitute motion to leave the decision with only property owners…

Clark’s substitute motion failed on a 4-3 vote, with Montgomery and Council Member Jeff MacIntosh supporting Clark’s motion.

Taylor then brought back up the idea of giving renters a say, and that motion passed 6-2, with Clark and MacIntosh opposed.