Council sets decision date on ordinance

Council sets Jan. 14 as date to decide on commercial vehicle ordinance

At the Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 Rocky Mount City Council meeting, councilmembers decided to immediately enforce the city’s existing ordinance prohibiting the parking of commercial vehicles on residential streets. The owners of commercial vehicles parked on residential streets will receive a warning from the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Enforcement of the recently adopted ordinance prohibiting the parking of vehicles or trailers in excess of 25 feet in length or 10,000 pounds on properties in residential zones, will be suspended until Jan. 14 when council will decide whether or not to amend it.

Staff presented suggestions to amend the recently adopted ordinance, including allowing truckers to park in the rear yard of parcels at least an acre and a half. Under consideration would also be the allowance of commercial vehicles on properties in which the vehicle may be placed in an enclosed building or completely screened from public view.

Council instructed staff to evaluate the viability of a large lot exclusion opportunity for the parking of commercial vehicles with consideration for setback, screening, traffic and noise for consideration by council no later than at the Jan. 14, 2019 council meeting.

On Jan. 14 during the Committee of the Whole meeting, staff will also present business incentives for property owners interested in developing a site for commercial vehicle parking. To be considered for incentives, the property must be located in a zoning district that allows off-street parking by right, such as a commercial or industrial zone. The site must be secured with fencing and lighting, and the site must be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Staff is pursing the necessary steps to work with two identified property owners of commercial lots to seek viable options for parking for truckers. C. S. Henry, located at 2440 N. Church St., and UBW Parking at 2550 N. Church St. across from the former Merita plant, can accommodate up to 60 large vehicles combined and will allow parking for a fee.

As a part of the motion approved by council, the city will also act as a conduit to help provide technical assistance from local and community colleges to independent truck drivers.

Any decision made at the Jan. 14 meeting will be implemented as a part of the ordinance. Full enforcement is set to begin Jan. 15. Any questions regarding the parking of commercial vehicles on city streets or the adopted ordinance should be directed to Development Services at 252-972-1172.