GOVERNMENT

Mayor explains why you can’t park next to a driveway in West Valley City

Apr 29, 2021, 5:35 PM | Updated: Apr 30, 2021, 12:41 pm
west valley city driveway...
(image: West Valley City Police Department)
(image: West Valley City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new parking ordinance passed in West Valley City prohibits parking within 5 feet of a driveway — even if it’s your own.

West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow joined Dave Noriega and Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton — filling in for Debbie Dujanovic — to explain what prompted this ordinance and to clarify residents’ misunderstanding of it.

Can’t fit into your driveway in West Valley City? 

Bigelow said a resident complained there are so many vehicles parked on both sides of their narrow street that it was difficult to maneuver into the driveway.

“What is the plan for enforcement on this?” Newton asked. “Is this something where people can just call the city and complain if somebody is too close to their driveway and it’s making it hard for them to back out?” 

“[If] there’s a problem or it’s consistent, day after day after day, someone can let us know, and we can go and enforce that, so that people can have access to their own driveway,” Bigelow said. “Now 5 feet […] wasn’t much, but it was enough that at least people could still get in their driveways.”

The mayor said the ordinance is not meant to enforce parking for one-time events like a neighbor having family and friends over for the holidays or a little league baseball game — rather, it’s for consistent, daily nuisance parking.

Residents sound off against new law

“What has been the reaction from your community on this?” Newton asked.

“This won’t have a huge impact. People will think that maybe their whole lives are going to change, but for the most part, it’ll make little difference, except on those certain streets where it’s a problem,” Bigelow said.

Others have said the ordinance is just a way for the city to make money.

“They don’t understand government finances because rarely do we make money,” the mayor said. “We’ll actually lose money on it.”

Still, others complained the space on the street near their driveways belongs to them.

“Others have said, ‘That’s my parking spot. I want the front of my street, for me,’ and I say, ‘Sorry, that doesn’t work that way. That’s a public street, anyone can park there,” the mayor said.

Background on West Valley City ordinance: 

New West Valley City parking ordinance facing criticism online

Related:

Naked man skateboarding in West Valley City is arrested

West Valley man uses shotgun to defend home from alleged robbery

 

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, a.s well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 

Government

Sen. Mike Lee will go to a primary election, but face no Democrat opponent....
Kira Hoffelmeyer and Lindsay Aerts

Utah Democrats will back an independent Evan McMullin, John Curtis facing primary challenger

Utah Democrats won't be putting forward a challenger for Republican Sen. Mike Lee but instead joining forces with an independent name. 
5 months ago
FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Wash...
The Associated Press

McCarthy, Trump have ‘positive’ call despite Jan. 6 audio

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy had a positive phone call with then President Donald Trump.
5 months ago
Inflation caused gas to skyrocket....
Curt Gresseth

Sen. Mitt Romney talks inflation and economy

High home and gas prices and inflation, are causing real hardships for Utahns and Democrats will be blamed by voters, Sen. Mitt Romney told Inside Sources.
5 months ago
West High Students at their walkout. H.B. 11 Survey said over half of utahns approved....
Devin Oldroyd

Poll shows Utah men support transgender athlete ban more than Utah women

According to the survey, 51% of men strongly support H.B. 11, and only 37% of women do.
5 months ago
Cherie Wood...
Curt Gresseth

South Salt Lake mayor defends new $130,000 salary

The mayor of South Salt Lake defended her latest salary of $130,000 by saying she hasn't received a pay raise in 11 years in office.
5 months ago
South Salt Lake at Southern X-posure, the site of a deadly shooting....
Curt Gresseth

South Salt Lake resident wants to stop mayor and City Council from awarding themselves raises

A South Salt Lake resident has taken his ballot initiative on pay raises for city leaders to the Utah Supreme Court after being rebuffed by the city attorney on what he said was a technicality.
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Mayor explains why you can’t park next to a driveway in West Valley City