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City Hallways (Jan. 19) Never enough parking

Can I put a parking pad in my front yard?

Requests for front yard parking pads seem to be among the most popular proposals before the city Zoning Board. At least, that's how it often seems at the meetings I've attended lately.

It was the case again Wednesday.

There were three requests.

The first request, from a St. James Place homeowner, was turned down. It would change the character of the street, Zoning Board member Tony Diina said.

Another, this one on Colvin Avenue, also was turned down. The homeowner has vehicle access to a backyard, which can be used for parking, the board ruled.

Next up was one on Taunton, at a house with an in-home day care center.

Diina moved to approve. Board member Tom Dearing wanted to postpone a vote until the board could review how parking pad requests have been handled in the past. Dearing, the newest member of the board, said he suspects a review will find rulings that are all over the place.

But Dearing's suggestion failed to garner any support from other board members.

The Taunton parking pad passed on a 3-1 vote, with Dearing voting against it.

Also from Zoning Board

Another of the relatively new Zoning Board members, Tuonna Batchelor, left the post recently because she's now working for the city's Office of Strategic Planning as an economic development coordinator.

So that leaves an opening on the zoning board.

Today's calendar items

Public meeting in City Hall this morning on location for a new training station.

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