For months, parking in the Northside neighborhood has been a source of stress for landlords and tenants. And now, it’s the subject of the lawsuit.
In September, an ordinance went into effect that set a four-car maximum for parking at homes in the Northside neighborhood — a primarily low-income area between Columbia and Lloyd streets. The ordinance was adopted by the Chapel Hill Town Council in response to the growing student population in the historically African-American neighborhood. After fielding complaints from residents, Mark Patmore and William Gartland, who both own rental properties on Brooks Street in Northside, sued the town of Chapel Hill in November over the ordinance. Nicholas Herman, the attorney representing the landlords, said the case is currently before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
The landlords have asked the court to declare the regulations unlawful and void, and to forbid further enforcement of the ordinance.
Ethan Kavanaugh, a Northside resident and UNC senior, said after the ordinance passed, he and his four housemates struggled to follow the guidelines laid out by the town council.
“We had space in our driveway to fit more than four cars in our driveway — we had five people with cars in our house,” he said.