The parking of most vehicles in front and side yards soon will be prohibited in Hastings.
At its meeting Monday night, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that bans parking in residential front and side yards, unless the parking area is intended for multi-family dwellings and if parking in front or side yards is part of an approved development plan.
The new ordinance, which will more or less be complaint-driven, takes effect once proper publication or posting of its language has been done as required by law.
Before the ordinance was adopted Monday, the measure was changed from its initial introduction to the council two weeks ago to allow “yard parking” if it was part of the approved plan for the property.
“Since this ordinance was adopted on first reading we had a number of phone calls from residents with questions,” said Hastings City Attorney David Ptak. “We made some changes, and it needs to be amended.”