• County threatens to fine family for having ‘too many cars in driveway'

    By: Jim Strickland


    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Cobb County is telling a Kennesaw family to apply for permission to park their kids' cars in their own driveway.

    The Oviedo family got a notice of violation for having four cars in the driveway.  The family has relatives visiting and two kids home from college.

    "I am angry. I am beyond angry. I don't see how the government can tell me whose cars I can park in my own driveway," said Kim Oviedo.

    They got a visit Friday from code enforcement, acting on an anonymous complaint. The neighborhood is zoned an Open Space Community. A recent rule changed, and enacted a limit of two cars parked in the drive.

    "The fact that my kid's home from college and now I'm a law breaker I guess," said neighbor Mark Talley, who has three cars for the summer too. 

    "I love Cobb County. I love living here and generally I'm a fan of what we do, but it seems to not make a whole lot of sense."

    After Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland got the county on the phone, officials decided to let the issue slide this summer, but put the family on notice next summer would require a permit to park four cars in the driveway.

    "I'm having to pay to park on a property that I already pay tax on," said Oviedo.

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