Residents are now limited to two garage sales and two estate sales in a calendar year.
The City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to amend garage sale regulations to discourage commercial uses.
Neighboring cities including Arlington and Grand Prairie have similar restrictions.
Households can have two garage sales a year. Residents can submit a variance request for an estate sale if they have already had two garage sales in a year.
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The changes also introduce a definition of an estate sale, which serves the purpose of liquidating the belongings of a family or estate.
Residents spoke against previous proposed changes, which would limit garage sales to the months of May and October. City Council responded to the feedback by removing that item from the changes.
“What we were ultimately trying to do when this issue came up relating to code enforcement was to find a way to address concerns of individuals abusing our permit process,” Mayor Pro Tem Brent Newsom said at a previous meeting.
Planning Director Felix Wong said the new policy goes into effect immediately.
Johnson County residential developers ask for annexation
The council also reviewed a proposal to annex 158 acres south of Lillian Road, where a developer plans to build more than 160 homes.
If approved, Mansfield will provide public services including public safety, waste collection, road and water and wastewater maintenance, and maintenance of any parks or city facilities.
City staff said the extension of services should not hinder the city’s current capabilities, according to the annexation service plan.
City acquires land for trail
Also, the council approved spending $113,700 to acquire land to expand the city’s linear trail network.
The city is to purchase six parcels of land, each a fraction of an acre, from homes along Ridge Trace Circle, which is along Walnut Creek just east of Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park.
Senior Park Planner James Fish said the trail will connect the nature park to Joe Pool Lake. Construction should start in the summer, he said, and this portion of the Walnut Creek Linear Park and trails should be walkable by spring or early summer 2017.
The city will not need to acquire any more land for this phase of the park, he said.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770