Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Your property is your property. If you pay your taxes and follow local, state and national laws, you expect the government to leave you alone.
However, in Winston-Salem, some people say their neighbors are making some parts of town look bad.
Next week, council members will discuss an ordinance that could ban some people from parking in their front yards on their lawn.
READ: Proposed City Parking Ordinance
The proposed ordinance would allow sections of town to ask the city council to ban parking on lawns in certain areas of town.
Neighbors would need to designate an area and then get 70 percent of the people living in that area to sign a petition saying they don't want people parking on lawns in that area. Next, the council would also have to sign off and approve. Again, this is only talking about specific parts of town where community members have signed a petition.
Council member Denise D. Adams has led the charge for this ordinance.
"I will not stop pushing for this. I believe that, just like when I grew up, my city was a beautiful city from one end to the other. I believe we can get back to that," Adams said.
Mayor Allen Joines said he is still undecided about the ordinance, but thinks it might be tough to enforce.
"It certainly would add an additional burden to code enforcement and/or public safety officials. I'm not sure we want our public safety folks spending a lot of time with this," Joines said.
Winston-Salem resident Arthur Rice doesn't mind people parking in their yards.
"It doesn't bother me at all. You have to park somewhere. Sometimes, the street is not the safest place to park your car," Rice said.
Julie Parrish disagrees. "It brings down property values. It makes the community not look good or inviting to others," she said.
There will be a public hearing about the ordinance on Monday. Council members could vote immediately following that hearing.