Homeowners wanted permission to install a gate at the entrance to their cul-de-sac. However, a gate on a public street violates long standing city policy.
Tuesday afternoon, Raleigh City Council took up the issue and the measure failed by one vote.
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was one of the people who voted against it. She was concerned about setting a precedent that would allow other Raleigh neighborhoods to follow suit.
The neighborhood in question is Rosemont, which is located within Wakefield Plantation.
Residents of the exclusive neighborhood said the gate would have allowed anyone to drive in, but it would have taken a picture of each car that comes and goes. They were hoping it would help discourage people from driving through the area.
"We would really appreciate the safety and not being concerned so much on a day to day basis of strange cars driving through the neighborhood," said Rosemont resident Michelle Ducotey.
Even though the measure did not pass, residents said the fight isn't over.
Raleigh's police chief is reportedly against the gate. The residents of the neighborhood are scheduled to meet with the chief in Rosemont on Friday to explain their concerns and see if he'll change his position on the issue.