The Canton City Council held a discussion at its most recent meeting regarding a possible amendment to city law to allow golf carts to be driven on streets of neighborhoods where residents request it.
Community Development Director Ken Patton said that he has received inquiries from a number of homeowner associations in Canton in regard to the use of motorized carts with regular vehicle traffic in certain neighborhoods and public streets within the city limits. Patton said that, in response to these requests, he took Cherokee County’s adopted motorized cart ordinance and made amendments to it to reflect Canton for the city council to consider.
The key point of the proposal is that the council could approve a motorized cart district only upon receiving a request. Patton added that council could restrict the use of other motorized carts such as ATVs, four-wheelers, etc. if they choose to do so.
In the ordinance, golf carts are the primary vehicle addressed. The term “motorized cart district” would mean the streets or roads approved for the use of motorized carts in a specific neighborhood, community, development, or other defined area by the council.
The ordinance also states that, In order to be considered for motorized cart use, a petition should be submitted by the homeowner’s association for the area where motorized cart access is being requested. For areas where motorized cart access is desired, but no homeowner’s association exists, a petition may be submitted by the residents of the area.
The ordinance also states that operators of the motorized vehicles should possess a valid vehicle driver’s license and be at least 16. People with learner’s permits could also drive a cart, as long as a licensed driver is with them.
Mayor Bill Grant added that it may be a good idea to look at related ordinances from other municipalities to compare and take notes.
“We need to decide if we are going to allow this ordinance, and if we do, then what is the simplest way we can write the ordinance so everyone can understand,” Grant said. “It’s also important to note that the specifics of the ordinance would vary depending on the development.”
Council will continue discussions on this proposed ordinance at a future council meeting.