MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) - A vote before Marble Falls City Council is raising a lot of eyebrows.
The growing city wants to continue to entice visitors and new businesses.
That's why council members are considering new rules which would mandate changes to people's front yards and porches.
Homeowners said the proposals go too far and will change what makes the community so special.
Mary Ann Nelson has lived in Marble Falls for 68 years and her front porch is the family's haven of all family and friend gatherings.
"We fuss, we cuss, we laugh, everything right here on this porch. I've had people comment, M'ary, it just feels so good, it feels like home,'" Nelson said.
Many of Nelsons friends share the same laid-back style of life.
"To me it's a neighborhood-friendly thing. It's more like a family atmosphere, " Cora Pimplton said.
So when a public notice came out saying the city of Marble Falls is considering several new rules-- including removal of outdoor furniture from front yards -- that didn't sit well.
"I live on a corner lot and 100 percent of my yard is visible from the street, where do I go?" said Marble Falls resident Denise Thornburg. She's lived there 12 years.
The city also wants all homeowners who have dirt drive ways to put in concrete, asphalt or gravel driveways instead.
"These [people who are] on a fixed income. They won't be able to afford this," Pimplton said.
There is also confusion about new proposed rules for gatherings.
Several people believe they will have to put in for a permit for house parties.
Marble Falls City Manager Ralph Hendricks gave some clarification.
"You can have a party in your front yard, backyard, at a baseball field and you do not have to get a permit," Hendricks said.
The city has hosted more events like triathlons and boat races in the past year than in the past. Those are the events that will require a permit.
When asked about the outdoor furniture in people's front yards, he had this to say.
"We want people to enjoy their front porch[es]. Regulations limit the front porches to outdoor furniture. They're trying to clean up the community and not use indoor furniture outside," Hendricks said.
But for Mary Ann Nelson, she just wants to understand what all the new rules will mean for the future of the hometown she loves.
"I want him to revise these ordinances. It's just ethically and morally wrong," Nelson said.
Update at 9 p.m.: The Council decided to pull the item until further notice.
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