Committee passes proposal to block Castleberry parking lots - CBS46 News

City Council committee passes proposal to block Castleberry parking lots

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Falcons' preseason opener is just around the corner, but some folks who live near the Georgia Dome aren't cheering.

They complain that every time the team plays a game, makeshift parking lots pop up, tailgaters leave behind a huge mess and no one cleans it up.

City Council's Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved a proposal, calling for a moratorium on issuing permits for parking lots in the Castleberry neighborhood just south of the dome.

Homeowners like Scott Chapman applauded the measure, saying that whenever tailgaters clear out, no one cleans up.

"We see bottles, cups, cans, trash bags that are not picked up. It creates a huge mess," Chapman complained.

The independent parking lots sprout up on empty lots around the dome during the football season.

In the off-season, operators move out, leaving garbage and weeds to take over.

"In some parking lots, these weeds are in excess of 5 feet tall," Chapman said.

Councilman Michael Julian Bond said the operators leave the lots in terrible condition.

"Port-a-potties have been left on site on one of these lots for more than eight months," Bond said.

Bond said the neighborhood isn't even zoned for stand-alone parking lots.

"Persons who own those lots shouldn't have been able to obtain a permit as it is," Bond said.

Eric Johnson, a homeowner in Vine City, used to rent out space on his land for fans to park.

Johnson said the weeds and garbage are big problems, but he said the city should more diligently police the lots.

"Grant everybody permits and have them clean their lots up throughout the whole year. It would be a win-win situation," Johnson said.

The full council could vote on the measure at its next meeting on Monday

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