Posts tagged “code enforcement

5 handy tips to help students thrive in College Station

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By Lacey Lively, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator

If you’re a student either returning to College Station or moving here for the first time, learning about basic city ordinances is probably not high on your to-do list. But if you ignore our local laws, you might find yourself paying some costly citations out of your already tight budget.

As one of America’s top college towns, we want to help you avoid that so you can concentrate on more important things – like Aggie football!

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Back to School: What you need to know about rental regulations, parking and code enforcement

IMG_2123Neighborhood integrity concerns are a hot topic in College Station, and rental development in our neighborhoods has raised several questions. Here’s what you need to know as we head into a new school year.

What’s considered a family?

The city’s Unified Development Ordinance defines a family as “one or more persons occupying a single dwelling unit, provided that unless all members are related by blood, adoption, guardianship, marriage, or are part of a group home for disabled persons, no such family shall contain more than four persons.”

As an example, four friends living together in a home are complying with the ordinance. Four siblings living together are also complying with the ordinance, but if an unrelated friend moved in, it would be a code violation.

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (July 24)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, July 24. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:35 p.m.

The workshop meeting has started. Councilmembers James Benham and John Nichols are absent. Benham is joining the meeting through a remote internet connection.

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10 gameday parking citations you can easily avoid

Selling ParkingAggie football weekends are a busy and exciting time in our community, especially around Kyle Field, but thousands of football fans also need to park and make it to the game in time to enjoy the festivities. To help you avoid parking problems and better enjoy your experience, here are some things you should know.

Yard parking can be costly 

It’s illegal to operate a business in a residential neighborhood in College Station, and selling parking spaces in your yard is considered a business. Most people know that parking on the grass is not allowed, yet some still try to sell game day parking spaces in their yards.

Visitors who pay to park in these areas are usually not aware of the restrictions and unwittingly break the law. That’s bad enough, but property owners who engage in this practice can also receive fines of up to $2,000 per offense.

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How students can survive and thrive in College Station

Moving to a new town to continue your education at a major university — and everything that comes along with that exciting journey — can be overwhelming. The last things on your mind right now are city ordinances, but not knowing basic ordinances could result in costly citations.  

As one of America’s top college towns, we want to help you avoid these simple mistakes so you can concentrate on more important things – like Aggie football! 

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What’s allowed for gameday housing rentals – and what’s not

A&M vs Florida

“Texas A&M (is) now the coolest school in the state.”
FoxSportsSouthwest.com (Feb. 6, 2013)

The buzz around Texas A&M has never been greater, and a preseason top 10 national ranking for the Aggie football team has only added to the excitement. As College Station’s population approaches 100,000, we’re rushing to keep up with new development that supports our newfound coolness and accommodates thousands of Southeastern Conference fans.

It’s no surprise that Aggie football nearly doubles College Station’s population on game weekends. Existing hotels — and even the new ones nearing completion — were booked as soon as the 2013 schedule was announced. Those who couldn’t reserve a hotel room are searching near and far for a place to stay.

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Three Easy Ways Students Can Thrive in College Station

When you choose to attend a college or university, you’re also choosing a home for the next four (okay, five) years of your life. Since officially becoming a city in 1938, College Station has served as the adopted hometown for generations of Aggies, growing from a sleepy town of just 2,000 people to a diverse community of almost 100,000. Thanks to you, we recently were named the top college town in America.

With more than 40,000 students from Texas A&M and Blinn College living in College Station, it’s important for you to learn about your new hometown and how to be a good neighbor. To make the transition easier, here are three keys to thriving in our community (in addition to going to class):

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Why Should You Give a Hoot about SeeClickFix?

Since the City of College Station began using SeeClickFix for citizens to report code enforcement and public works issues, hundreds of issues have been successfully resolved. And of the 143 cases reported through the online application in 2011, most were resolved within a week.

However, a successful resolution doesn’t always mean fulfilling the request – at least not immediately.

A few weeks ago, a resident used SeeClickFix to request the removal of a diseased tree in Brison Park. The next day, a Parks and Recreation Department crew discovered that a large limb had fallen off the sick tree, revealing a partially hollow interior. A peek inside revealed that the tree may have been hollow, but it was certainly not empty.

A family of owls had taken up residence and seemed to be doing quite well, thank you.

Displacing the young family from its cozy home wasn’t an attractive option, so the soft-hearted city crew chose to leave the shabby tree – and its feathered occupants – alone for now. When the resident learned why his request would not be resolved, he chuckled and said we’d hear no more “screeching and hooting” about it from him.

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