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Planners Take Up Changes to Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance

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Albemarle County is restarting talks about what many people consider an eyesore: junk cars that have been sitting in yards for months.

Tuesday night the planning commission met to review proposed changes to the inoperable vehicle ordinance. 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.

Potential changes to the ordinance include keeping vehicles on the side of houses and allowing formfitting covers to conceal the cars. Another change would give the owner 180 days to restore the car so it is no longer inoperable.

After Tuesday night's discussion, county staff will draft a new proposal.

"What we're looking at is to find a way to eliminate a problem that's been bugging us for a long, long time and that's inoperable vehicles that are an eyesore, an inconvenience for the people in the neighborhoods," said Cal Morris, chair of the planning commission.

The commission also wants to make sure the new ordinance would not inconvenience anyone who has a reason to have an inoperable vehicle.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing on the matter on October 22. It will go before the Board of Supervisors for a vote in November.

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