SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Sparks City Council is looking to change some of its property codes later this month.
City Planner Armando Ornelas said this all started with complaints from residents that weren't clearly code violations.
They're hoping these changes will help to clear up the rules and clean up the city because Ornelas said if there's one code violation, there's usually another nearby.
"We end up addressing the same sort of issue in a neighborhood and not just in the particular instance," he said.
So Ornelas said they're tightening up the city codes - starting with where and how many RVs you can have parked on your property.
"We're not looking to forbid the parking of recreational vehicles in front yards," Ornelas said. "Just clean it up."
Your front yard is next. 75 percent of it will need landscaping.
"A dirt yard would not be allowed," Ornelas said. "Dead landscaping would not be allowed."
It also includes new requirements for vacant property.
"If you're going to board up the windows, [we ask] that you do so with plywood that's been painted to match the primary façade color of the home or that you use clear plexi-glass," Ornelas said.
Ornelas said these changes are meant to improve the city for residents, not to cite them.
"The intent is to get compliance not to write tickets," he said.
So, if approved, the new rules won't start until January 1, 2015 so they can give people notice.
"We would prepare materials like brochures and add information on our website and do other outreach to get the word out that these changes are coming," Ornelas said.
In the next few weeks they plan to hire a third code enforcement officer, so they can better respond to these issues.
The council is expected to finalize these amendments at its meeting on August 25. It is open to the public and it starts at 2 p.m.