Beautiful · Engaged  · Safe  · Thriving  |   Fall 2018
Celebrate National Good Neighbor Day

Did you know that September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day? Maybe you have wondered what you could do to be a better Neighbor. Well, there are plenty of ways!

Get involved in your neighborhood and make sure your neighborhood is registered with Best Neighborhoods. We have an interactive neighborhood map that has contact information for people living in your area. If you do not already have a neighborhood group, start a crime watch group .

Have you ever introduced yourself or asked your neighbor if they need help? Get outside and meet each other this year, bake someone a treat, offer to cut their grass or get their mail. Neighbors that help each other make the neighborhood a better place to live. 

If you have a group of neighbors that wish to get more involved this year, reach out to Neighborhood Services to learn more about community service projects. We offer projects for all ages, like litter clean up or minor home repairs. We need groups just like yours to help your fellow Plano neighbors. Call us at 972-208-8150.
Make a First Time Home a Reality
Are you looking to buy a home in Plano? The City’s First Time Homebuyer Program offers down payment and closing cost assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers who have not owned a home in the last three years.

Households may not exceed 80% of the area median income as determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In Plano, this is equivalent to $61,750 per year for a family of four. The sales price of the purchased home cannot exceed $252,000. The good news is that the maximum amount of assistance offered recently increased to $55,000!

Other requirements apply, including attendance at the City’s eight-hour First Time Homebuyer class, pre-approval from a lender, minimum credit score of 620, and cash assets of no more than $30,000. Interested applicants can review all requirements, download an application, and sign up for the First Time Homebuyer class here . We look forward to helping make your dream of homeownership a reality!
What To Do With Junk Cars
Ever wish the City would do something about your neighbor’s old car that’s just been sitting there for ages? Or maybe you have an old clunker you are planning on fixing up, but just haven’t got around to it, and you’re wondering if it violates any city codes. Well, we have answers for you.

The City of Plano Code of Ordinances (Sec. 12-228[a]) states that: “A self-propelled vehicle or part thereof is prohibited if it is in view of the public, or on a public right of way and (1)Displays an expired or invalid license plate or registration insignia or does not display, a current valid license plate or registration insignia; and (2) Is wrecked, damaged, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded or has remained inoperable for more than 72 hours on public property or 30 consecutive days on private property.”

The City of Plano considers vehicles with expired registration and that are inoperable or wrecked as “junk vehicles.” There are special exceptions for vehicles that are 25 years or older, which the City consider “antique vehicles.” These vehicles do not have to be registered, but must still be kept in good condition and not pose any health or safety hazards.
Vehicles that leak fluids onto the ground or into storm water drainage system can cause health and safety hazards. Vehicles that are wrecked and dismantled are a public nuisance. Keeping vehicles maintained helps make Plano a safe and vibrant community.

For concerns about junk vehicles on public streets, call the Police non-emergency number, 972-424-5678. For junk vehicles on private property, call the Property Standards Division at 972-208-8150.

Who You Gonna Call?
Have you ever wondered who to call when you see graffiti in your neighborhood? How about who to contact when a street light that is out? What do you do if you see a pothole forming? Neighborhood Services has created an easy to use flyer on who to call with common neighborhood concerns.
Safety Minute
Officer Chris Bianez with the Plano Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit discusses the first principle of neighborhood watch , benefits of knowing your neighbors and knowing when to report suspicious activity . Take a minute out of your day to learn about keeping your neighborhood safe with "Safety Watch"
Attend Upcoming Events
Make Connections
"Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person".
-Mr. Fred Rogers
Interested in including any of this information in your neighborhood newsletter? Email best@plano.gov to make a request.

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