Council gives consensus for committee to review residential nuisances, parking

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

After a brief discussion during the Sept. 25 council workshop, councilmembers gave consensus to move forward with the creation of a temporary committee for the purpose of reviewing city codes on nuisances, residential rental and zoning ordinance related to residential parking.

“This item was requested by (Sahuaro District) Councilmember (Ray) Malnar to review code chapters 25 (nuisances) and Chapter 29.1 residential rental parking,” Developmental Services Director Sam McAllen said. “This committee would be a one- or two-year temporary committee.”

Malnar requested to revise his initial council item of special interest (CIOSI), which focused on reviewing city codes and policies, stating he would like to see the formation of the temporary committee that would review the listed codes.

“The temporary committee would include three councilmembers and six residents,” McAllen said. “The goal is to evaluate and approve city codes and provide enforcement tools to support code compliance throughout the city.”

As councilmembers agreed with the formation of the committee, Malnar requested minor changes to staff recommendations.

“I have a few recommendations to make slight changes to the scope of the committee,” Malnar said. “One, I recommend adding a police representative appointed by the police chief and second, add an at-large citizen appointed or recommended by the mayor.”

Numerous staff and councilmembers commended Malnar on the creation of the new committee, but requested minor changes.

“I think this committee is long overdue,” Yucca District Councilmember Joyce Clark said. “I am concerned about listing exclusive purpose to specific codes for them to review because there may be more issues that need to be discussed with recommendations, so I would like to see it amended.”

Malnar then requested the language be changed so the committee could review more nuisance codes.

“Probably 90 percent within the code we want this committee to discuss, but as we have discussed here, there is some verbiage in code that I would allow them to review other areas of the code as deemed appropriate for the committee to discuss,” Malnar said. “That way, if another area councilmember would like them to discuss, there is no prohibition of them doing that.”

Also, councilmembers and staff would be allowed to recommend other areas of the code or parking issues at residential areas as deemed needed.

“I agree that they should be allowed to review and discuss residential parking because there have been quite a bit of issues on front yard parking,” Ocotillo District Councilmember Jaime Aldama said. “So, I would like to put that in there as a priority and I fully support this new committee.”

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