Good Neighbor Guidelines
The City of Austin is putting together what it calls “good neighbor guidelines” for affordable housing developers. A lack of communication can cause discontent among neighbors, developers and others involved. Ideally, these guidelines will serve to encourage open discourse between all parties.
Marti Bier is with the city’s office of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development. For this edition of Changing Austin, Bier joins KUT’s Matt Largey to discuss the reasons for implementing this communication plan requirement.
As part of the requirements for applying for housing funding from the city, there will be a requirement that developers and neighbors work together to put together a communication plan and be good neighbors with one another.
This is a way to really create a set of guidelines so there can be a kind of expected, productive conversation that can happen each time an affordable housing development is coming into the community.
Our community is very invested in their neighborhoods. Folks want to be involved when the city is involved in doing something in their neighborhoods. When there is public funding going into an affordable housing development, folks want to be able to have a say or have a dialogue with the developers that are bringing that into the community. We’re doing this as a proactive step to getting all types of housing in all parts of town.
These guidelines are still in draft form. The public is encouraged to read, give feedback and suggestions online at SpeakUpAustin.org.