The City of Oak Ridge is distributing informational flyers to help inform citizens and visitors about recent changes to two ordinances affecting on-street parking. The City will issue violations for offenses beginning Monday, June 18, 2012.

During March and April, the Oak Ridge City Council passed two ordinances contained in the
City Code pertaining to on-street parking, Ordinances 01-2012 and 03-2012. The changes
support initiatives approved last fall as part of the Not in Our City conceptual plan.

The purpose of addressing parking violations throughout the city is to provide adequate space
for pedestrians to utilize the sidewalks and ensure the ability for emergency vehicles and other
large vehicles to safely maneuver residential streets. Specifically, the new requirements:

· Prohibit recreational vehicles and utility trailers from permanently parking in onstreet
parking spaces

· Provide exceptions for on-street parking of recreational vehicles and utility trailers
for specified temporary purposes

· Provides clarifications to existing on-street parking requirements

· Add additional “prohibited parking places” to the on-street parking provisions

City Manager Mark Watson stated reasons for the change. ”The new ordinance provisions are
needed to enhance public safety by keeping streets and sidewalks unobstructed. While the
code amendments became effective last month, we want to allow additional time for staff to help
educate the community on the new requirements. It will take some time for citizens to adjust to
the new rules, so we are going above and beyond what the letter of the law requires.”

The flyer, along with additional information, including photographs, is available in the “Featured
Projects” section of the city’s website

For more information, contact the Oak Ridge Police Department at (865) 425-4399.

News media contact: Amy Fitzgerald (865) 425-3554 or