Charlie Umstead said he loves the location of his Northside apartment, but strict parking restrictions could make it harder for the UNC junior to live in the area next year.
“If I wasn’t able to have my car I wouldn’t live here,” Umstead said.
At a Monday night meeting, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved three resolutions as part of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan to amend ordinances and preserve the neighborhoods.
In addition to tightened building regulations, a maximum of four vehicles will be legally allowed to park on a lot at any time.
Duplexes and triplexes will be allowed up to six vehicles, and all residences can receive up to five additional street parking permits per lease.
The amendments are part of a response to address residential complaints about student renters in Northside, a historically low-income neighborhood that spans from west of North Columbia Street to Sunset Drive.
While all other amendments on the ordinance begin Feb. 1, the parking regulations will not go into effect until Sept. 1.
Town Manager Roger Stancil said the September deadline will allow landlords with leases tied to the school year to make the transition to the new restrictions.
Umstead said he didn’t think the new ordinance would ultimately hurt landlords who rent out houses in Northside and Pine Knolls communities.