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U.Va., 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.

The 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.

Both 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.

The 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.

It also describes ways renters can help the community by engaging in recycling or giving discarded items to local charities.

In addition, the guide describes penalties for offenses if a person is cited for breaking a city or county ordinance.

The 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 been distributed.

Property 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.

Property 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.

The 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.

To request copies of the guide or magnet, people can contact U.Va.’s Community Relations Office at 924-1321 or communityrelations@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (434) 924-1321

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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