City, County Collaborate On New Ways
To Promote Good-Neighbor Relations
October 14, 2002--
To promote good-neighbor relations, the University of Virginia
has collaborated with Charlottesville and Albemarle County representatives
in producing two new information resources to assist property owners
and student renters.
Off-Grounds Living Guide addresses everyday neighborhood concerns,
such as parking, trash, noise and pets, and was created to help
students learn about city and county property-maintenance ordinances.
A Neighborhood Resources magnet gives property owners numbers to
call if they have questions or concerns about property maintenance
or student behavior.
the guide and magnet were developed by U.Va.’s Community Relations
Office in collaboration with the city’s Neighborhood Development
Services Office; city, county and University police; and University
deans of student affairs.
guide’s cover was designed to catch renters’ attention
with such questions as “Did you know that in Charlottesville
the residential noise limit from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is 55 decibels
or the level of loud talking?” The guide addresses topics
such as trash, parking, alcohol, pets and fireworks use.
also describes ways renters can help the community by engaging in
recycling or giving discarded items to local charities.
addition, the guide describes penalties for offenses if a person
is cited for breaking a city or county ordinance.
free guide was distributed at U.Va.’s student activities fair
and bookstores. U.Va.’s Community Relations Office representatives
have also distributed copies to apartment complexes and to residents
living close to the University. To date, nearly 2,000 guides have
owners living close to the University have expressed appreciation
for the guides. “This guide will be very useful to neighborhood
associations and residents, and we are grateful to the University's
Community Relations Office for this initiative,” said Nina
Barnes, who lives in the Jefferson Park Avenue area.
owners have also expressed appreciation for the magnets, which list
who to call if they have concerns about noise, behavior or such
neighborhood issues as trash or parking.
guides and magnets were developed after hearing the same types of
concerns expressed repeatedly by neighbors close to the University,
noted Ida Lee Wootten, interim director of community relations.
“We hope the two-pronged approach will give both property
owners and student renters useful information,” she said.
request copies of the guide or magnet, people can contact U.Va.’s
Community Relations Office at 924-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (434) 924-1321