What is Neighborhood Integrity?
The term Neighborhood Integrity is often used to describe the core components that make up the identity of a particular neighborhood. There are certain attributes that contribute positively to neighborhoods, such as
- definable boundaries (roads, land use, natural boundaries),
- relatively compact size that promotes interaction between neighbors,
- and connectivity or reasonable proximity to schools, parks, clinics, etc.
Similarly, Neighborhood Integrity incorporates a quality-of-life aspect. Residents expect neighborhoods to be relatively quiet, safe, have lower volumes of traffic and be well maintained. Making sure the character and feel of a neighborhood remains stable and protected will also help solidify it's identity over time.
What is Happening?
Recently, the City Council asked City staff to assist them in developing a comprehensive approach to addressing the enhancement of integrity in our neighborhoods. This effort led by the City Manager's Office is the latest in a series of efforts that previously yielded new staff resources focused on code enforcement, neighborhood conservation zones, and historic preservation.
The City retained the services of Duncan Associates, a planning consulting firm based in Austin Texas, to aid in the facilitation of meetings with various stakeholder representatives. The purpose of these meetings was to interact with homeowners, students, rental management companies, and University officials about the issues and possible solutions related to neighborhood integrity.
The expected outcome of this effort is a summary of the discussions, identified issues, range of solution possibilities, and recommendations on service delivery from the City that collectively address the identified issues.