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Oklahoma City could restrict what's kept on downtown balconies

The Oklahoma City Council is considering an ordinance that would restrict what downtown residents could keep on their balconies. Only items intended for outdoor use and made of weather-resistant material will be allowed on balconies if the measure passes.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: May 21, 2012
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Most of the Oklahoma City Council seems far from enthusiastic about a proposed new city ordinance that would restrict what downtown residents could keep on their balconies.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer, who lives in and represents the area in and around downtown, proposed the ordinance, which would only allow weather-resistant items designed for outdoor use to be kept on parts of downtown balconies that can be seen from a public street.

“Affectionately, this has been known as the Barcalounger ordinance in an attempt to prevent people from putting sofas ... on their balconies,” Salyer said.

The request for the rules came from residents of the historic Heritage Hills neighborhood, which sits near an apartment complex currently under construction, Salyer said. But about half of her city council colleagues expressed reservations about the idea.

“I think this is maybe an unfortunate extension of government interference into a private matter,” Councilman Pat Ryan said. “I feel very strongly this ought to be an issue between the apartment owners and his tenants.”

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