Bossier City residents have 90 to make sure their ATV's, boats and RV's are out of the yard now that lawmakers have minted an ordinance making it illegal.
On Tuesday, the Bossier City Council approved the ordinance, which backers said will help keep neighborhoods looking good and property values up.
The ordinance passed by a vote of 5 to 2.
Councilman-at-Large David Montgomery crafted ordinance section 110-114 at the May 20 council meeting. He said some of his constituents have complained about where neighbors are parking their recreational vehicles.
"I'm trying to protect the integrity of the taxpayers, citizens' property," he said. "I want to protect your value, so when you are getting ready to sell your home, you can," Montgomery told a crowd gathered at Tuesday's meeting.
"We need to start somewhere. I think this ordinance is the least egregious to begin with. It seems to function well in other communities across the United States," Montgomery said.
Parking the recreational vehicles in front or side yards, "destroys the landscape and impairs visibility by the public," the ordinance states.
After a 90 day grace period, owners will have to park theses types of vehicles on a driveway, legal garage, paved surface or carport. RV's can still be parked on the street as long as they aren't blocking views or space for emergency vehicles, City Attorney Jimmy Hall said.
District 3 Councilman Don Williams voted against the ordinance along with Council President Jeffery Darby of District 2.
"I think we are putting a burden on people," Williams said. "I have toys: a boat and a jet ski. If I were to have to put it in storage, it would cost me 300 bucks a month. I personally couldn't afford it."
About 10 people made their disapproval of the ordinance known, including Ken Phillips.
"I have a boat and I waited all this time to get one," he said. "They were saying I couldn't park it there. Well my house is paid for. It's my property. I should be able to park wherever I want on my property."
Only one woman, Gay England, spoke in favor of the changes.
"Most people's neighbors don't want to say anything because that counts as hard feelings, so I want to speak out for my neighborhood," she said.