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Albemarle Planning Commission to Discuss 'Junk' Cars

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Tuesday night, the Albemarle County Planning Commission will discuss changing the number of inoperable vehicles you can have on your property.  This comes after homeowners have been complaining about seeing junked cars in yards.

Albemarle County's Zoning Administration has been fielding those complaints -  and for many people those dead cars are an eye sore. But aesthetics is not the only the issue, it's also about dealing with limited space.   

Zoning is recommending reducing the number of vehicles that can be kept on property from two down to one in residential neighborhoods.    

Other than being unsightly for some people, zoning staff has found situations where storing these vehicles on small lots has caused owners to park on public streets that aren't designed for on-street parking.

"Currently it's two and what we're recommending tonight to the planning commission is limiting that number to one in residential districts, and in other districts on properties less than five acres. And on properties five acres or more continuing to keep it at two," said Mandy Burbage, senior planner for zoning.

An inoperable vehicle is one that has been out of commission for more than 60 days or doesn't have valid plates or inspection decals. Burbage says there are exemptions for people who are actively working to restore vehicles and businesses that deal in auto sales or repairs.

Tuesday is only a work session- this is not up for a vote. The planning commission can accept or make changes to the recommendations before it moves on for a public hearing in July.

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