Be a Good Neighbor

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A charming street in Lancaster.The Good Neighbor Guide offers information about our community as well as tips on how to be a good neighbor.  Download it here.

The foundation of a good neighborhood is the type of relationships established among its neighbors. The first step in building a relationship is respecting those next door, down the street and around the corner.

While people have their own ideas of a good neighbor and a good neighborhood, there are some basic standards established either through the City's code and zoning laws or through common courtesies that make life better in your community.

Good Neighbors Do the Following

  • Cut your grass once a week
  • Empty excess water collecting in pots, buckets and containers that can attract and breed mosquitoes
  • Plant perennials for the upcoming year
  • Schedule bulky items for pickup
  • Properly display house numbers
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Maintain the appearance of your property
  • Keep your property landscaped
  • Keep your dogs on a leash
  • Maintain trash service

Good Neighbors Do NOT Do the Following

  • Park your car on the front lawn
  • Park inoperable vehicles on your property
  • Perform maintenance work or make repairs on vehicles parked upon public streets or alleys
  • Store inoperable vehicles in public view
  • Store excess trash, junk and debris around your home
  • Forget to retrieve trash rollout containers by midnight on your collection date
  • Play loud music or make loud noises, which disturbs the peace and quiet of your neighbors (this includes playing radios loudly while operating cars, vans, or SUVs)
  • Have open containers in public areas
  • Allow their dogs to bark excessively during the night
  • Allow their dogs to roam freely through the neighborhood

Other related documents for being a good neighbor:

  1. Neighborhood Action Planning Handbook
  2. Neighborhood Organizational Handbook


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