DAVE & DUJANOVIC

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. 

Today’s Top Stories

Dave & Dujanovic

french fries are pictured. Inflation is raising lunch prices...
Samantha Herrera

Is inflation hurting your lunch plans?

High costs from inflation may be messing with your lunch. Some restaurants have had to raise prices to deal with high ingredient costs.
2 days ago
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Amie Schaeffer

Inflation Reduction Act would provide nearly $80 billion for IRS

The Inflation Reduction Act would provide almost $80 billion in funding to the IRS, but what would it be used for?
2 days ago
Welcome sign to Moab. A Moab concert series will happen this year....
Allie Litzinger

New ordinance introduced to help in tight housing market in Moab

In an effort to fight a tight Moab housing market, the city has introduced a new ordinance that requires one-third of any new developments be set aside for current employees.
8 days ago
Native American regalia...
Curt Gresseth

U. of U. to offer scholarships to Indigenous students in Utah

The University of Utah announced that scholarships will be offered to members of Utah's eight federally recognized tribes. The university president shares details of the program with Dave & Dujanovic.
8 days ago
BYU study COVID money...
Curt Gresseth

Living paycheck to paycheck? Saving tips as sound as a dollar.

Are you among the 60% of Americans now living paycheck to paycheck. A certified financial planner shares tips on cutting your money waste.
9 days ago
Spc. Jasper Good, of Steamboat Springs, 
Colorado, is one of two Utah National Guard soldiers selec...
Curt Gresseth

Utahns agree: Bring the Olympics (and world) back to Utah

Fraser Bullock, who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah in 2002, is trying to do it again in either 2030 or 2034. He talks about the competition and what lies ahead for Utah.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

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