The N.C. Court of Appeals upheld a controversial Chapel Hill law limiting the number of vehicles per Northside property Monday.
The unanimous decision upheld the legality of a statute approved by the town of Chapel Hill in January 2012 , which said all residential properties in Northside can’t have more than four cars parked outside.
The town said the statute is designed to curb traffic congestion and slow the flow of students moving into the neighborhood, according to court documents.
Two property owners with homes in the neighborhood, Mark Patmore and William Gartland , sued the town after receiving fines for rental properties that had more cars than legally allowed.
Patmore and Gartland complained they had no ability to control the number of cars their tenants had parked at the properties .
In addition, they said a prior ruling by the N.C. Supreme Court gave the town’s zoning ordinance no authority to regulate the parking at their properties .
The Court of Appeals determined that neither of these arguments was enough to overturn a ruling by a lower court in favor of the town.
With the decision, the property owners will have a window of 30 days to petition the N.C. Supreme Court to take the case .