GONZALES — The Gonzales City Council is looking at amending a city ordinance to prohibit people from parking vehicles in front yards, unless they are parked on an improved, hard surface.

The council will be voting in three weeks on the change to a current city ordinance on traffic and motor vehicles. The proposed amendment was introduced at the City Council meeting on Monday.

The proposed standards would apply to off-street parking for single- and two-family residential properties.

Parked vehicles would be allowed only on hard-surface driveways or on improved parking areas, with hard-surface material including asphalt, concrete, brick, gravel, crushed rock or other hard surfaces approved by city staff.

The proposed amendment would prohibit parking or storing vehicles in a residential front yard on grass or areas without a hard surface. Vehicles would also be prohibited from blocking a sidewalk.

The City Council's vote on the ordinance change will come on March 19. 

Also at Monday's meeting, City Engineer Jackie Baumann reported that the restoration of the Civic Center is nearing completion, with electrical work done and Sheetrock walls going up. 

The City Council meeting began with a moment of silence on Monday, in memory of Terry Richey, Planning and Zoning commissioner, who passed away on Sunday.

"We're going to miss him greatly. He was one of our foundations," said Frank Cagnolatti, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

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