This week the City of Savannah held a news conference "to emphasize education and compliance" in regards to several new amendments to the property maintenance ordinance.
The changes reorganizing the Code Compliance Department were passed by City Council last Tuesday.
The news conference took place off of Pennsylvania Avenue, in a location the City says has been plagued with illegal yard parking and derelict vehicle violations.
“We want people, wherever they live, to feel comfortable about what and who they live by,” said Mayor Eddie DeLoach.
The Code Compliance Department has created brochures for residents that explain the sections of the property maintenance ordinance that pertain to residential parking and derelict/abandoned vehicles.
The amendment allows parking within five feet of an established driveway, at least three feet from the closest property line.
The change also allows parking in a sideyard or backyard as long as the vehicle is screened from view.
Code Compliance Officers began passing out Courtesy Warning Notices for vehicle and parking violations and will continue through the end of the year.
Beginning January 2, 2019, Code Compliance Officers will begin issuing $25 citations for illegally parked cars, boats and trailers.
“We do not want our actions to be punitive in anyway. We want people to take their hard earned dollars and improve their properties,” said District 3 Alderman John Hall.