Parking restrictions lifted in some College Station neighborhoods

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Thursday night, the College Station city council voted 6 to 1 to remove the cap requiring no more than four parking spaces for a single-family dwelling unit.

The decision impacts areas designated Neighborhood Conservation in the Comprehensive Plan. The cap will remain for other areas.

The idea is to try and reduce the amount of street parking that occurs. The extra parking can only be added to the backyard of a home. The city is maintaining the ordinance that says you can only use up to 50 percent of the front yard, including the driveway.

Mayor Karl Mooney says the change is for old style neighborhoods to meet up with the growth of our city.

"Our intent is to make the neighborhood as safe as we possibly can anyone knows particularly on game day weekends and that sort of thing or other events that's it difficult to get through a street, and sometimes it's impossible to get an emergency vehicle," said Mooney.

The city council is going to continue the conversation on this item to look at the different surfaces they can require residents and developers to put in the backyards.

The second public hearing for the proposed new tax rate and proposed 2018-2019 budget were also held. Two people commented on the proposed tax rate. The council will vote on both of the items on September 27th.

A plan to improve the intersection of Wellborn Road at Holleman Drive was pulled from Thursday night's agenda.